I make war! Cause sin never sleeps…I make war! Man I beat my flesh, To the death, Every breath, Like i beat my chest, I make war, Sun up, I make war, Sun down, I make war, Time in, I make war, Time out, I make war, Against lust, Against pride, Against me, Until i die.
That’s from the chorus of the song “Make War” by Christian hip-hop artist Tedashii. The song captures the essence of Jesus’ weighty words in Mark 9:43-48:
And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
This call to radical discipleship is a call to make war against sin. Before Tedashii, you will hear John Piper say (that’s right, John Piper in a hip-hop song!):
“I hear so many Christians, murmuring about their imperfections, and their failures, and their addiction, and their shortcomings. And I see so little war! Murmur, murmur, murmur. Why am I this way? Make war!”
Click here to read, download, or listen to the sermon, “Make War Against Sin at all Cost”[audio http://cdn.sermonplayer.com/sermon_u002/pastorderick/audio/2717886_19480.mp3]