The Biblical Remix – YOLO

The Biblical Remix – YOLO

Luke 15:11-24 –

My boy Prodigal was going dolo so he rolled up on his pops and demanded his inheritance.  Pops actually gave him the money.  Within a short time Prodigal bounced from the family crib and went to some far away country.

With nobody around to tell him nuthing, Prodigal was straight wildin’ out.  He was was getting drunk every night while partying with a couple of hookers at the local strip joint.

As Prodigal was paying for those bottles, this Drake song was playing in the background:

“You only live once: that’s the motto, YOLO, And we bout it every day, every day, every day, Like we sittin on the bench, we don’t really play…”


Why is YOLO usually used to justify doing things that are risky or stupid?  What if  YOLO were used as a reference for kids doing amazing things like staying after school to do homework, or doing a science project just for the fun of it, or going to serve senior citizens in a nursing home?  Sounds silly doesn’t it.

Interestingly enough the Bible says Prodigal WASTED his money living recklessly.  Some of the things we big-up in the hip-hop community and in pop culture the Bible considers a Waste.  Yet how many videos do we see promoting this kind of behavior.  How many dudes in their 40s and 50s are still up in the club trying to chase honeys half their age? And how many women do we see dressing like “hookers” all up in the club and even at a children’s birthday party (yes, I have seen this!).  I think you understand where I am going.

What I do love about Jesus is he teaches us the true application of YOLO with His own words: “What good will it be for you to gain the whole world and lose your soul? For I am the way and the truth and the life and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. And He who hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent Me has everlasting life. Because I have come that they may have life, and a life better than they have ever dreamed of.”

So if you are only going to live once, live for Jesus.  #YOLO