The Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is The Love? More Relevant in Today’s Troubling Times Than Ever

Music has the amazing ability to bring about self-awareness and can awaken the minds of millions to social issues, but the problem is that songs like “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas, fall onto the deaf ears and bitter hearts of this world. Ray Pritchard once said, “The world is a mess–we all know that. The world is a mess because we ourselves are messed up. The problem is not out there. It’s in us.” We are not all that we could be because we choose not to face ourselves. Like it or not, the problem is found in the human heart. Evil lives in the human heart, yet what we all truly hunger for is love. We are a living contradiction. Love is the one thing that satisfies the human heart. Love is the one thing that gives us a sense of worth and value. Love is the one thing that allows us to experience a sense of security. Love is the one thing that frees, heals, and fills you with a self-confidence and adequacy that cannot be shaken. Love is the answer. Love is what we are all searching for. But, we are stubborn. We have to exhaust all of the wrong, seemingly perfect, imperfect options before we ever choose to look at ourselves and to seek the true source of love, God.

“What’s wrong with the world, mama” is what we all walk around asking, always failing to look within ourselves. The world is in trouble and we see it in the media as our inhumanity is found all over. The media where “negative images [are] the main criteria” that infects the “minds faster than bacteria” and leaves us to act out what we ingest. We lack self-control. “Madness is what [we] demonstrate and that’s exactly how anger works and operates.” We are frustrated and “only attracted to things that’ll bring [about] trauma” because we are all restless inside, desperate for an answer. We repeatedly and ever so defiantly continue our self-destructive behaviors. We form addictions to people, things, and substances hoping that maybe just maybe, we might be able to “cope” with ourselves and find approval. We seek to run and hide when the truth is that we want nothing more than to be free to present our authentic selves.  We are held captive in prisons that we built ourselves due to the survival responses that we employ to subdue the trauma that we all experience in our lifetimes. So the cycle continues.

Hurt people certainly hurt people. Instead of ever taking responsibility, we point the finger outward, toward someone else–we live in denial. Self-righteousness is embedded in our flesh, so we say other “people livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas.” We are so judgmental–while we have problems that we cannot even bear to speak to ourselves. We are ruled by shame, guilt, and fear. The damage that our sinful human nature does in response to self-hate does not require us to travel “overseas,” we hate in familiar territory. But we always seek to point the finger, just as Adam blamed Eve for his choice to eat the apple and Eve blamed her behavior on the serpent, we travel overseas with our minds set on finding the problem (Genesis 3:12-13). We travel in planes, in automobiles, and by boat with the problem onboard, us. “In the USA, the big CIA, the Bloods and The Crips and the KKK” all human operated.

Humankind still in disdain of self and unsatisfied, socially constructed the most deplorable illusion that continues to divide us today, race/racial identities to exercise power and inequality. Interwoven into the very fibers of our American flag are racial categories have impacted the lives of many, formed by other’s who lacked comprehension. Early in our American history exists a system that has been used to define people based on the amount of melanocytes present in their skin, eyes, and hair, as well as varying facial structures. People have always feared what they don’t understand and as a result created a system that “only [leaves] space to discriminate and to discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate you are bound to get irate.” Hence, the present day. Yet, in the beginning, there was only Adam and Eve, which makes it a fact that we are all brothers and sisters, so there can only be one race, the human race.

So we see “people killin’ and people dyin'” because we can’t practice what we preach. I am a Christian and I know that I am the biggest hypocrite that ever lived. Self-righteousness stops us from turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). I am quick to point the finger and only after I compare myself to God, the true standard, do I remember that I am none greater. The term Christian is not to be confused with perfect. “The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug” and to keep the revelation that God has blessed me with which is that the world needs love, I must keep my eyes fixed on God (Jeremiah 29:13). It is God, who healed me and freed me of the blindfold that had been placed over my eyes by the master puppeteer of this world, Satan. We spend time “not respectin’ each other,” denying one another, when there is a spiritual “war…goin’ on but [it’s] undercover.”

“Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight” and God is love. The problem is that we are all pawns used by Satan to do his dirty work. We have all been fooled by the master of deception, the devil, into believing that we are self-sufficient. We have been slaves to devil since the fall of man when Adam ate the apple (Genesis 3 and John 8:34). So since we all share a common bloodline, we too sin. So the “new days are strange,” the world is still in bondage to sin. The reality is as Ray Pritchard puts it, “human nature has not been improved,” and sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). “If you never know the truth then you never know love.” God is the truth and love. You have to seek the truth, written in the living word of God–the bible (John 17:17 and John 1:1-4). “Take control of your mind and meditate” as you “let your soul gravitate to the love,” God (Romans 12:2 and John 8:32).

So now you know the truth that I have been blessed to know. The world wants love and God is love (1 John 4:8). Humans were designed with a God-sized hole inside their hearts that leaves them restless until the day it is filled. It can only be filled with perfect love, God’s love. “That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under. That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down. There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under. Gotta keep my faith alive ’til love is found.” But “instead, of spreading love we’re spreading animosity” ruled by selfishness that has us growing colder with embittered hearts, due to a “lack of understanding [that leads] us away from unity.” It is time that we call out “Father, Father, Father, help us. Send some guidance from above” (Proverbs 2:3-6 and Jeremiah 33:3).

(2) Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; (3) For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; (4) If you seek her as silver and search for her as hidden treasures; (5) Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. (6) For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (7) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, (8) Guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. (9) Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. (10) For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; (11) discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, (12) to deliver you from the way of evil…” – Proverbs 2:2-12

We only got one world, and the condition of the human heart is what’s wrong with it. We didn’t hear their message the first time, so the Black Eyed Peas came back with a remix featuring The World. It’s a call to action, #WHEREISTHELOVE.

As long as you think you are better than other people, you are not ready to be saved from your sin because you have not yet considered how great your sin really is. Jesus did not come to save “semi” sinners or “partial” sinners or “not-so-bad” sinners. As long as you feel the need to put some kind of qualifying adjective before the word “sinner,” you aren’t ready to come to Jesus. You won’t see your need for the grace of God. – Ray Pritchard

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