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The mic drop phenonmenon

The mic drop in an argument is like winning on the Price is Right. The atmosphere is charged, attention is singularly focused on the players, and there is usually little to lose and much to gain if you win.

Defined by urban dictionary as a phrase describing the action performed after getting the better of someone, mic drops are becoming both more prevalent and more desired. There has always been a timeless pursuit of victory in an argument, however the mic drop adds the proverbial cherry on top of the discussion dessert. It does not stop at winning the argument; the mic drop tries to emphatically make a point and at times humiliates the other person.

Dating back to the early 80s, the mic drop was birthed out of underground rap battles. If the mic was dropped, the dropper won the literary lottery in an argument. A point powerfully delivered to an unsuspecting victim, the mic drop silences your opponent with unmatched wit in front of a newly adoring crowd of fans. Between the hoots and the shouts of "no he didn't," this once neutral crowd is now the mic dropper's biggest supporters.

The mic drop has an illustrative history that is not limited to our present day. Though not necessarily called a mic drop, these moments stand out in time when the point was conveyed with the intensity of a hammer and the elusive sting of a bee. In scripture we see the mic dropped when Nathan the prophet confronts the adulterous King David. Describing a hypothetical scenario in which someone is clearly the victim of injustice, Nathan creates a sense of outrage in David, which leads the King to say this man should die. Then, with great sting and loud triumph, Nathan says, "You are the man!"

Or who can forget when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego dropped the mic on King Nebuchadnezzar. Attempting to strike fear in these young men and coerce submission, the King threatened to throw them in a fiery furnace. However, these young men simply replied that their God was able to deliver them, but if he didn't, "be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods."

Outside of the biblical narrative, some individuals point to the statue of Nathan Hale as a mic dropped memorialized. The Continental soldier and Revolutionary War hero, Hale's statute has inscribed at its base: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Most recently, President Obama dropped the mic when he was giving his State of the Union address, telling the audience that he has no more campaigns to run. When some republicans started to clap, Obama dropped the mic with the pointed: "I know, because I won both of them."

The mic drop has littered history, buoying the spirits of mic droppers and bruising the toes of its victims. While the actual dropping of the mic is value neutral, the heart of the mic dropper rarely is. To make a good point in an argument is not bad, but to maliciously make the individual in the argument look bad by your point is not godly. The goal is not winning the point but winning the person.

In a culture that is increasingly more interested in looking good than determining right from wrong, the Christian has a pivotal role to play. We live and breathe and move in an atmosphere where it is not sufficient to disagree but rather one must demonize. In the demonization of our opponent, the mic drop has the propensity to aid in this unfortunate endeavor. Selfishly protecting our image, the mic drop lifts a false veneer of intelligence and wittiness to cover insecurity and people pleasing.

Instead of maliciously dropping the mic, the Christian can humbly and figuratively drop to their knees. Arguments are the manifestation of a desire to get to the truth. As Christians, we should be the biggest proponents of truth. But we are also acutely aware that sometimes it takes more than hearing the truth to know the truth. Hard hearts do not receive truth well.

So what did God do when we just didn't get it? He didn't drop the mic on us, but served the truth to us through his death, burial, and resurrection. Perfectly patient and exceedingly kind, God has already won the argument through his death and now wants to win the person through his kindness. And use us to do it.

So let's drop the act, stop dropping the mic, and be the next, gracious contestant on the Price is Right.


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