It's Not About Black or White; It's About the Gospel
Where did that term even come from?
I heard it for the first time on the article on Desiring God titled 116 Been Real: Lecrae, "White Evangelicalism," and Hope.
I admit, I like me some Christian rap & Lecrae was one of the artists that I listened to.
And it troubles my heart that there is even such a thing as "white evangelicalism" (if there really is even such a thing) & that Lecrae has now become identified with creating a brand new divide within Christianity itself instead of for the gospel as he was previously.
The conversations he now has on radio talk-shows isn't about the gospel: it's about the ripple he's created within Christianity.
I think they're talking about the wrong things now.
A secular rapper said he didn't even know that Lecrae was "a gospel rapper, a Christian rapper, whatever" after working together on a project.
I think there's a problem with that.
"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11)
We're recognized for our love, not our stand on politics, not our color, not our nationality, nor our relevancy.
We're supposed to be shining one light, standing for one thing, and it most certainly isn't us. The gospel isn't designed to be popular, easy, acceptable, or mistaken for any other message.
In creating divides within Christianity itself, Lecrae has lost effectiveness & has begun to talk about lesser things that secular artists no longer recognize as The Gospel.
He's busied them with a different, lesser message. A lesser gospel. A gospel that doesn't save.
My understanding is that Christianity does not reside within borders, or colors, or nationality.
I don't think God ever meant for it to. I think that these self-made divides hurt His heart.
I think satan is the one who champions divides within Christians because they become distractions.
I've never seen those divides championed or the tendency to them ignored between the Bible's two covers.
"Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
Lecrae claims divides between Christians & is loosening ties with "white evagelicism" but is instead creating even more divides within Christianity itself.
Lecrae is now focused on the divides between black Christians & white Christians & that's a shame.
But we do it, too.
We just tend to focus on different kinds of divides.
I've seen what they do.
I've seen them within my own "world" between the more conservative Christians and the less, the church you go to, the music you listen to, if you believe in gun rights or not, the way you raise your children (even the way you birth them), how you educate them, what you do for a living, etc.
Movements replace the gospel.
Divides create enemies within Christianity when we're supposed to be united by one common thing: the gospel.
We spend more time talking about the things that divide us instead of laboring together over the Kingdom & countless souls that need a life-changing gospel.
This keeps our walls high, our reach short, our testimony ineffective & we end up fighting battles that in the long run, hold far less importance (sometimes no importance at all) than we give them.
The fact that a black Christian broke ties with other white Christians is not accurate. Another Christian has publicly announced that he's breaking ties with other Christians.
We've begun looking inward, not outward. We've begun championing our own justice & movements instead of the national & worldwide need for a Savior to save from the ugly, the dark, the messy, the hopeless, and very lost.
These people perish every day & we just mark one more day with another post on social media about the people we're against or who we imagine are against us.
We shout our own name, our own cause, our own movement, our own justice, our own anger, our own hurt.
I don't care if you're famous or not, that should never be okay.
It's not okay when it's Lecrae, it's not okay when it's us.
Jesus left this earth as a man 2,000 years ago with a charge called The Great Commission.
"And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
I'd say that the call to all Christians, same color or not, same church or not, same hobbies or not, same tastes or not, same gifts or not, same political standing or not, is to make disciples of all nations.
Not to build walls & divides, wage wars, and craft passive-agressive words to sting other fellow laborers & Christians.
It's easy to champion Lecrae's speaking-out about his newfound passion because it sounds good, but let's look real long & real hard at what God feels about that & says about any divides.
We should all hurt for the hurting. We should all champion justice & love. We should all be lights in a very dark & very hurting world.
But those ends are not met by social injustice jargon & a fight for equality. Not a bandwagon, not a soap-box, not a movement, not a political standing, not the kneeling on a football field that has become so popular now.
Our enemy is the same: sin & satan. The cure is the same: Jesus & the gospel.
Let's recognize divides that Lecrae has created & divides that we have created. Let's recognize long-held anger, bitterness, against other Christians for what it is. Let's recognize gossip against other Christians for what it is. Let's recognize pride against other Christians for what it is.
They are the divides that keep us from being effective for the gospel.
We don't have time for that.