Thursday, 12 May 2011
In October of 2005, Timothy Brindle released his second album, Killing Sin. One month later, he stopped rapping.
I found this interview the other day that explains where he went after just randomly disappearing off the Christian rap scene. The interview is quite long, sitting at 40 minutes, but it's about as long as a sermon. I know how much you guys like sermons *cough* *cough* so when you're playing on your iPod definitely download the audio and it is definitely worth listening to.
The interview is hosted by Lamp Mode's DJ Essence, and he basically goes through his testimony of what he has been going through the past 5 years that he has disappeared from the music scene.
"Paul talked about this gospel that was of first importance...I really praise God for Him and His goodness early in my walk. Bring brother Shai[-linne] into my life, taking me through Romans pouring into me. The Gospel of justification by faith alone, I think the last 5 and a half years show that doctrine and doctrinal words: justification, propreciation have a life-changing and almost bedrock on which I was able to stand on when things were rocky and chaotic and seemingly hopeless. The fact that all my sin - all of our sin was put on Christ, and he took the wrath of God, all of it...If it wasn't for that, I would have fallen away because of the guilt that discouragement, the despondency, it was hiding in His side as it would have been."
I find it wonderfully humble how he presents his testimony, in how he steps back from the public spotlight because he understands how dangerous fame is. Near the beginning of the interview he relates the sin issues he had inside of himself that caused him to step back somewhat, and how the music industry gives that limelight that so brings pride. It's this kind of perspective that the Christian music industry needs, that artists would become personable - not just for the sake of making money - for looking for genuine sanctifying growth.
I think that it is paramount that Christian artists would realize that the Kingdom is much greater than any worldly pursuit of fame. I truly think that the music that some people create, they tone down the Christianity in favour of making their message more palatable. I don't deny their passion to see people saved, but truthfully, God would surely bring those that He has chosen back into His hands. Faithfully is all that God requires of us when we preach the Gospel.
Have you ever heard of Timothy Brindle? Is an artist's honesty and integrity an important part to the music you listen to? Jesus said that if something causes you to sin, cut it off - what do you think you need to step away because it is killing your faith?