Lecrae is not a Christian rapper. He’s said this time and time again since about 2012. For many in the Church, however, this has been a tough proclamation to grasp. But it’s high time we finally accept it.  It’s time for those of us who have been clinging to him to let him go and instead embrace the fact that Lecrae is free to do and be called whatever he wishes. If removing the “Christian” label from his identity is what he really wants to do, I say we fall all the way back and let him do it. After all, as he once said, “If I was a plumber, I wouldn’t say ‘I’m a Christian plumber’”. Touché! I can totally respect that perspective.

But here’s the thing: Lecrae previously indicated his music wasn’t merely his vocation. He presented it as his ministry. On numerous occasions he claimed his ultimate goal was to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His favorite Bible verse, Romans 1:16, and his music told us he was unashamed of the Gospel. He said he would tell the world about Jesus EVERYWHERE he’d go. So what does he really mean by, “I’m not a Gospel rapper” and “My music isn’t Christian” when he, himself, once told the Church AND the world:

“That’s why it’s Christ in my rhymes
That’s why it’s Christ all the time
See my whole world is built around Him
He’s the life in my lines

— Lecrae, “Don’t Wast Your Life” (2008)

That’s how he introduced himself to us. So, as I prepare to fall back on the kid and officially bid the new Lecrae adieu, I wanted to at least express where many of his original fans are coming from that he might understand why it’s taken us so long to accept his new direction – a direction he might call “growth” yet so many of us discern is regression (S.A.T. word for “falling away”).

Now, I understand he’s been positioning his movement away from the “Christian” label as merely a departure from a specific music genre.  Yet, it is evident he’s also departing from the Christian mission – a mission that HE originally told us he was on. And while he still professes to be a Christian by faith, I’d posit that he’s also departing from that as well.

It’s been disappointing and frustrating to watch Lecrae defiantly tell the Church that WE put him in a box; that WE are expecting too much of him; that WE are overly critical of him and that WE just “don’t get him”. But, from where I sit, HE is equally (if not fully) culpable for this ongoing contention. We didn’t box him in. We embraced him because he said, and originally bore fruit which suggested, that he was 100% one of us and with us. As a result, we were rooting for him! We were ALL rooting for him!!! (*Tyra Banks voice*)  We only expected him do what HE told us he would, and we only held him to a standard HE professed he’d uphold. We didn’t expect perfection; only honesty and clarity. And our concerns, corrections and critiques mostly came when it became increasingly unclear to us what he was doing.  Lecrae and his die hards are quick to paint those of us genuinely concerned for him as old, prudish judgmental church folk who just don’t “get it”. But nah, son. That ain’t it. Speaking for myself, I’m actually younger than Lecrae – like by a whole 9 months! I also didn’t grow up in the church. And I just “got back right” with God about two years ago. This isn’t a generational disconnect. This isn’t a battle between old time ‘ligion pharisaical legalism and new school grace. This is a communication breakdown. Something or someone, somewhere was misrepresented. Intentions were either misread or someone was misled.

Those of us who aren’t really buying what the “new Lecrae” is selling aren’t judgmental old fogies who just can’t process the mystery of Lecrae’s renegade genius. We’re discerning, sober-minded men and women of God who are paying attention to everything he’s been saying and doing, and we have noted mixed messages.  Lecrae is not that “complex and nuanced“. Lecrae is simply one who compromises – a lot! One might even say he’s “lukewarm” or “double-minded”. But I’ll let you guys be the judge of that as you review this very detailed, multi-part “goodbye”. I’m writing from the perspective of a fan and a concerned sister in Christ, so this piece is long, and it contains a blend of frustration, admiration, encouragement and rebuke. But, ultimately, this is me outlining some of the key areas in which Lecrae has compromised over the years and why these compromises have led me to believe it’s time to bid him farewell as his fan and as his sister in Christ.

Source: http://www.truthandfire.com


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  1. simple man
    December 16, 04:17 Reply

    I always knew lecrae was never a Christian and nobody believed me. I would see him recreate satanic symbols in his videos and nobody believed me. Him and reach records were all a lie to get money. Trip lee, Andy mineo, lecrae are all in it for the money and to use Gods name in vain and fool people.

    They’re aren’t the 1st group of music artists who lie to Christians and they wont be the last.

    I am pretty sure many real Christians who actually follow God and seek his advice can easily discern the lies hidden within . As God can reveal to us the truth .

    You can easily tell even if you arent Christian that these group of people who try to ” reach the youth ” by creating ” gospel music ” in rap , rock, etc are mostly all liars.

    Our bodies are the temple of God . lecrae kept on committing and promoting the sin of ruining our temple just by the fact of him promoting tattoos just like other ” Christian music groups “. But then again , I am not one to judge.

    Hopefully God can touch their hearts and bring them to repetance . Not just them, but all of us . all of humanity . we all need to be forgiven for the sins we all commit daily , for the simple fact that we arent perfect and we all sin .

  2. humble Christ lover
    February 01, 13:14 Reply

    I actually understand not wanting to be labeled as a Christian artist because then their mission field would only be ‘the church’. Non Christians don’t listen to Christian music -period-so I don’t blame them for denouncing the label:that doesn’t mean they denounce God! I believe the thought process that says God can only use ‘Bible thumpers’ to reach people does not work in 2018 (or ever). Bottom line is his music is clean, good AND it glorifies God. Yes, churches & Christians embrace him, but so does the secular public and that’s great! Look we don’t know LeCrae’s heart and it’s not our job to judge-rather the Word tells us not to judge! The word also says that what man intends for bad (like financial gain), God will use for good (like building His kingdom). So in my humble opinion proclaimed Christians need to quit bashing other Christians-let go and let God. Artists like LeCrae have a big enough fight on their hands trying to get the message out in the secular world that they shouldn’t have to be fighting brothers and sisters in Christ as well. We all have different mission fields and what is important is that we account for that to God-no one else.

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