On March 12th, during the iHeart Music Awards, Eminem gave a short freestyle on stage regarding his thoughts about guns and the National Rifle Association (NRA). One of the lines catching attention is:
“They love their guns more than our children.”
You can read his whole freestyle here.
This isn’t an article defending the NRA, or any other political movement. But Eminem making a public declaration about how the NRA loves guns more than our children is laughable! And you do Slim? Do you love our children? I grew up with you blasting in my ears. I am intimately familiar with the seeds of bitterness, anger, and hatred you planted within our hearts, and the sinful thoughts you provoked us to think. You were an emotional lightening rod who sparked the raging fires settled deep within the crevices of our minds. It’s no wonder there weren’t more teenagers and children slain part and parcel to the murderous meditations you branded into the imaginations of our American youth. Even though your music stands as a legacy of lyrical genius, it was always mixed with the poisonously visceral venom that I and my peers inebriated ourselves with to the last drop. My heart now weeps over this legacy. I am supremely indebted to the sovereign grace of our LORD Jesus Christ for saving me from my sin. But since this is the constant product you’ve produced in your music, our country is now reaping what you (and many artists along with you) helped sow for generations into the hearts of millions.
When we were frustrated in our relationships, you encouraged fury. When we were depressed, you provided no real hope. And when we were without fathers and role models, you marketed drug use, aggression, and suicidal ideations. So I ask this. What solution and love do you offer our children? Do you love children more than your music industry which preys on impressionable minds? I’m not saying this is all your fault. Or that our nation is in our current condition primarily because of the music we listen to. Because every evil action springs forth from the depths of the human heart, and music is simply another medium we use to express our hearts. But let’s be real. People are social beings. We can be easily influenced by music, media, and powerful people. So while you may pawn it off as just entertainment, speaking from a generation who soaked up your lyrical libations, we are now suffering the consequences of our depravity. And other than Jesus Christ (the only solution for our nation), who died to take God’s wrath on our behalf and save us from a sinful and destructive lifestyle, would the real Slim Shady please stand up and tell us what answers you have that would save our nation’s youth from murdering each other? What teaching, what law, what hope do you want our children to have that would essentially eradicate this problem? If it’s nothing other than Jesus Christ who can change our nature and save us from sin, death, and hell, than the real Slim Shady can take a seat.
-Until We Go Home