Eminem’s always been known for his raw, in-your-face, “I’m gonna do and say whatever I want” lyrics. His newest release falls right in line with his philosophy on music and self-expression. In some ways I actually respect him for actually saying something through his music (even though I disagree with him 99% of the time…) rather than falling into the trap of releasing catchy music that means nothing.
- This is a catchy song. I’ve listened to it a few times this morning while reading the lyrics along with it, and the second and third times I was listening I found myself getting drawn into the song (against my will, mind you). It’s already iTunes’ #1 most downloaded song, and I expect it will be all over the radio and school proms/dances this year!
- It’s easy to identify with. Just listen to the lyrics of the “Hook” and “Intro” and you’ll get a taste of why so many teens will be drawn to this song:
I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you’re not alone
Holla if you feel that you’ve been down the same road
Yeah, It’s been a ride…
I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one
Now some of you might still be in that place
If you’re trying to get out, just follow me
I’ll get you there
- Although the Hook & Intro revolve around universally-shared experiences, Eminem’s way of leading his listeners through the storm is totally anti-biblical.
Eminem’s way of “getting you there” out of the storm is by force, rebellion, and following a “whatever it takes” mindset. You can read the full lyrics here and look up the song on YouTube by typing in “Eminem, Not Afraid” – but know that there’s plenty of foul language (which is why I’m not linking the song or listing the full lyrics here).
While Jesus doesn’t promise to immediately rescue you from every storm in life, he does promise to be with you through them (Matthew 28:20). Jesus teaches us to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Eminem’s “in your face” way of handling conflict is totally contrary to how Christ calls his children to live. I’m not writing this at all to blast Eminem, but I am writing to warn Christians to listen to music discerningly.
In the end, I couldn’t help contrasting “Not Afraid” with Casting Crown’s song “Praise you in this Storm.” Both songs address very similar issues, but present completely opposite and contradicting resolutions. Here’s the video and lyrics for “Praise you in the Storm.”