What I’ve learned about Lecrae, Andy and others
For the last few years we’ve been seeing more of a public shift in methodology and target audience from Christians in the music arena, namely LeCrae. He has been the focus of controversy and has received positive and negative criticism from the masses. One of those negative critics has been myself. I disagree with some of the methods that LeCrae and others are using yet I am not here for that. Sorry to disappoint.
I’ve noticed to often that we as Christians can become so focused on our disagreements between brethren that we forget to encourage and love them. Regardless of what some may feel about LeCrae and company they are brothers in Christ, which means Christ died for their sins. They are his bride and Christ loves them which means we should love them as well.
Im encouraged, impressed and have learned much from the reach camp. First, they are members of a local body. LeCrae and Andy aren’t running around with no direction. They are accountable to elders and brothers whom they trust to keep them in line. Social media gives us a voice and at times the delusion that says brothers are personally accountable to us when they aren’t in our local body.
I am encouraged that even though they may reject the title Christian rapper or Gospel artist, they haven’t rejected being identified as Christians and members of Christ’s body. Their music is clearly from a Biblical worldview.The artists on reach records clearly speak on the Lord. Some projects are more explicit than others but it’s all christian content.
I’m impressed from a business standpoint. These men are professionals who take their craft seriously and are hard workers. They make excellent music to the glory of God. The production, engineering, lyrics and subject matter are all done with skill. As Christians we should all strive not just for great content but great artistry also. We shouldn’t be content to release something just because it’s about Jesus. Reach has sold tons of records and continues to break barriers with their movement. Whether people like it or not God has them in this spot and they aren’t going anywhere.
I am encouraged by their willingness to reach the lost. They’re in places where many of us can’t and meet people many of us won’t. They’re investing in people’s lives and I can’t knock them for this. We need Christians everywhere being a light where God has called them. Some may be in politics, film, music, the marketplace, schools and etc. What reach and others like them are doing is causing us to get out of our comfort zones. It’s easy to hide behind social media and judge the Grammy awards or the lives of sinners. It’s much harder to invest in their lives and actually love them and be a light to them.
I admire their zeal and commitment. These are brothers who love the Lord. They seem to have really thought out the decisions they are making and have given answers on how they feel they are able to do what they do. They constantly receive criticism for everything. Lecrae has tattoos, he has earrings, he was at mtv, Andy is on sway,Andy took a picture with 50 cent. Everyone has something to say on every move they make yet they continue to push forward and follow their convictions.
In conclusion,I’ve been tremendously blessed by Lecrae, Andy and others. I look forward to hearing kb`s 100 ep and Tedashii`s new album. I praise God for using these brothers and pray he continues to do so. I challenge those who constantly and publicly Criticize them with this question. What is more frequent in your life? Is it prayer for them or criticism? Have you wept for them in your concern? If you haven’t and aren’t genuinely praying then most likely you aren’t concerned for them. Let us encourage brothers like Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Sho baraka and others who we don’t see eye to eye with on everything, and not criticize them on everything just because we can. Am I saying to never criticize? Certainly not but I am saying don’t let your criticism be an excuse to slander, gossip and treat Christ’s bride like a harlot because she is beautiful in his eyes. Lecrae is not the standard neither am I. Let us look to Christ and be obsessed with him. Grace and peace.