Vendetta by Andy Mineo is a Christian rap song that was released in 2015, which addresses some of the most prominent societal problems facing Christians today. A vendetta is a prolonged bitter quarrel or campaign against someone. In this song, Mineo raps about how as Christians, we marginalize people who sin or act differently than us. He presents the idea that maybe instead of judging people, we need to look inwards. When it comes down to it, Jesus died for our sins, and as people, we are all equally loved by God.
“We point fingers at people who sin different, skin different
But the same color we bleed
You wanna know the real problem in America?
Always has been and it always will be me”
In this part of the song, Mineo said he “was starting to shift the pace of song – from being accusatory towards everyone else and systems and structures and governments, to slowly turning the knife towards [himself].” This line is fairly self-explanatory. We place blame on others as a smokescreen for the hypocrisy we practice ourselves.
But to what end? God calls us to love our neighbor as we would love ourselves. I’m sure you’ve heard of Jesus’ most important commandment. In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
So how can you practice this commandment? The simplest way is to not judge someone.
“The pen is greater than the sword”
This line is referring to the fact that communication is a more effective tool than violence. As Christians, God’s word is greater than any conflict that we may have with each other. In 1 Peter 3:9, it says “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
“We got a sin debt that we inherited
We divide ourself by class, skin color, and our heritage
Well, our Creator bankrupt the heaven so that we could all be there with Him”
In Romans 5:17, it talks about this; “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
This line in the song is referring to the death of Christ. He paid for our sins with his life, “bankrupting the heavens” until his return. This is a debt that we simply cannot repay. But by God’s grace, we can have eternal life in heaven despite our sins. Again it comes back to the fact that in God’s eyes we are all equal. In each other’s eyes, we’re divided by trivial things.
This song not only has a great message, but it is also extremely catchy. Mineo has a way with his lyricism that a lot of modern-day rappers lack. I highly suggest giving the song a listen and reading the lyrics along with it.
[ABBEY ST. PIERRE]