What’s Going On With Christians In Music Media?
In the past couple of months or so I’ve noticed an unusual amount of media directed at hip-hoppers. Most of which have expressed some sort of love or affinity for God. This is strange to me because I strongly believe there is an obvious and factual liberal bias in today’s media. Curving away attention from anything that is (not necessarily Christian) but of good moral standing and conservative values.
Although I believe that those who have been highlighted by media are honest in their mission, I do not think the motives of the interviewers on all accounts have been. That being said: It really doesn’t matter. We are at a moment in this country where the church needs to back our fellow brothers and sisters. To unite behind them regardless of denomination and scandal. Grace is not a license to sin, but righteous judgment isn’t the right to banish the unfit from the body simply because we don’t deem them worthy. After all; we aren’t worthy. And at one point, we didn’t get this Christianity thing either.
When the secular world sees Christianity divided at the neck of Justin Bieber’s salvation, they sit back and laugh; since well…look at how hilarious of a sentence that is if you don’t know God. We don’t need to advocate for any celebrity’s faith, since anyones relationship with God is between them and God first, then their Pastors and their church community. But neither do we need to tear down their faith.
“Questioning and tearing down ideas is different than tearing down people. “
And this is what some of the church has become. We address celebrities as entities and businesses instead of people. So when they express a love for God we cannot fathom how their tainted hearts could ever love the same Jesus we serve! But therein lies the problem. As hard as celebrities work to become a brand, they are still people. Broken and confused. Lecrae addresses that in his most recent interview with ESPN:
Now what is the stipulation of Lecrae making it on this show? His affiliation with Stephen Curry. Given, ESPN is a sports network. There has to be a tie to sports or else they couldn’t bring him on. But because of his friendship with Steph, and Lecrae’s mentorship of athletes he was able to get onto ESPN. They had no other choice. Very rarely would they have someone on who is not an athlete. It is an amazing time that us as Christians need to capitalize on and support these trailblazers who are taking the front lines of Mainstream Media. Side note, Lecrae also recently did a Ted Talk.
Chance the Rapper has had rumors circulating of his Christianity for quite some time. A “secular” artist who if I do say so myself is incredibly gifted. His first single off of his third mixtape shows Byron Cage giving a passionate word and the Walls of Jericho falling down on the stage of Jimmy Fallon. The music alludes to the recent Kanye-Ultra Light Beams with church organs and a choir mixing his cadence flow raps over it.
Imagine if we get behind Chance and support this young artist. As he goes through this new process. Not to support his flaws, but his purpose. Not supporting hyper-grace, but supporting the calling God has for his life, drawing it out as believers are supposed to do for each other. Imagine what an impact we could have. Not only on him but on his fans!
Kendrick is considered one of the best rappers alive right now. And he claims Christianity. He is rough around the edges, he is incredibly flawed he curses he drinks, but guess what; any chance he gets he talks about Jesus and how God changed him and how you should find God if you want any real meaning in your life. My recommendation is not to submerge yourself in Kendrick music all day, but to build up his name and blow up his Twitter feed with positivity 😀
Ok, I’m a worship leader. I get how this is iffy. I get how this makes people cringe. Not just anyone is allowed to take the altar and lead us into the holy of holies! Specially if your life isn’t right! If you’re a sinful brand like Selena Gomez! But I’ll play umm…God’s Advocate. When was the last time your life was right? That you didn’t have an impure thought, bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment and were “qualified” to lead people into the Holy of Holies?
Selena is a professional singer. And I’m not even a fan. She wrote this song on her own, she’s putting it on her album with or without Hillsong, and regardless of how this collaboration came about it’s doing multiple things:
- It’s causing the skeptics in the concert hall to feel a connection to God cuz well…Selena does it (unfortunate mindset of our culture)
- Causing a shift in Selena’s heart towards God.
- Sure, making people want to go out and get Selena’s album.
- Making people want to get Young & Free’s album (entitled: Youth Revival)
This is a unique opportunity in the kingdom to be in the headlines again but for a positive reason. Lets use this in an enlightening and loving way. The world needs less morality police and more relentless love.