What world do I live in? Bubble World. A Bubble that is focused on family, church friends, Jesus, homemaking, and being a weather bug.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Last week: Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent. I started a basic course on Sunday to help guide me in servant ministries. Bubble Life.
Monday starts with reading my Valentine’s day cards, gathering up my heart trinkets—putting them into storage and pulling out the pastel eggs to signify the season. The Bubbles are rising on Monday morning.
Since it is post Valentine’s Day, I think about…Jesus asking Peter, “Do you love me?”
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (21:15–17)
Breakfast time with Jesus and Peter—and my breakfast—same thing, right?
So I ask Google a similar question.
“Who do you love?”
I should have remained in the Bubble.
If any of you are into rap music, you will be familiar with YG and Drake. Do you know their song “Who do you love” Yikes. Don’t go there if you are faint of heart.
This song is full of words that are graphic, vulgar, and dark.
I ponder who listens to this song. Perhaps men and women who do not have a job.
Maybe those who are hurting or lonely. Maybe there is a gap that needs to be filled—the unloved??
These lyrics reflect real life. My bubble is popped when I read this.
I contrast the Scripture with the lyrics.
Jesus is asking Peter a confrontational question after the resurrection, and it removes the cloud of his denial. Peter had denied Jesus three times. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved him. When Peter answered yes, Jesus told him to feed this sheep. It is one thing to say you love Jesus, but the real test is willingness to serve him.
Jesus used the Greek word agape the first two times for love ( meaning self-sacrificial love) and the third time he used the Greek word phileo for love (meaning affection, affinity, or brotherly love), meaning “Are you even my friend?” Peter responded each time with the Greek word phileo. I like this–Bible Study for the Bible Study teacher…now it gets messy.
A Slice of the Song Lyrics:
YG here uses juxtaposition to paint a picture of his lifestyle.
He and his crew are “livin’ to die” in the sense that everyone is simply living until they reach the end of their life (which is when they presumably die). “Livin’ to die” can also refer to the dangers of a street lifestyle where anything ranging from violence to drugs can kill you any day.
They are also dyin’ to live, however, because they want nothing more than to feel alive. This feeling of being alive can come from fame, parties, or the thrill of living a “street” lifestyle.
————————————————————————————————————What would Peter say to YG and Drake?
What would I say to those who listen and live this lifestyle? (Judgmental? I know better than you? Or would I listen and empathize?)
They are in danger. Violence is a way of life. They are dyin’ to live.
These rappers are wanting to feel alive—as do their listeners.
Peter was told to “feed the sheep.” Do I even recognize the sheep? So much for my basic course I started yesterday.
This google search has taken me places outside my Bubble.
How do I go back to my pastel eggs?
My Valentine Hangover—Who do I love?
Help me to get out of my Bubble and I pray for all those who have influence—may they encounter the Good News—and accept it. I pray for those who are “dyin’ to live” –that they encounter the Good News and receive the life sustaining words of Jesus.
Help me to acknowledge love and life in the way that you taught. Help me to love You more. Help me to love the unlovable(in my book, but not yours) —how do I do this Lord? How do I love YG and Drake? They are your creations! Teach me…on this Monday to be your servant…outside of my Bubble.
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45