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Lecrae

Lecrae

Man, Lecrae hits me so hard. Like, how can a homie speak such truth, be such an anomaly [misfit, outsider, leader], and get such backlash. Eish.


I read chapter 1 of his book Unashamed (because it was free haha). I thought, woah. It must be so hard being a Christian standing in a satan-saturated industry. 

Chilling at Jay-Z’s crib worth everyone looking at you like you about to shove a Bible down their throat. I mean I struggle to stand unashamed on my campus, where there are tons of Christians who would probably support me (or I’d hope they would).


Anyway, so his music is inspiring and authentic and has had a major impact on my life since 2012. Allowed me to be accept my personality as I wrestled with me image of the perfect Christian: what they wore, how they spoke, the thoughts that consumed them, the struggles they beat down, and were sometimes beaten by. So God loves little gangster kids? So Hillsong doesn’t have to be my favourite music group? (Don’t get me wrong, I like Hillsong, it’s just not the kinda music I play when I’m walking down the road pretending to be hood).
Point is, so I’m reading up on him a little. What’s new with Lecrae? After all, if this guy’s music is gonna be blasting in my ears I better know where he is in life. Also because if he ever casually announces a tour to Namibia I need to be the first to know and find a way to hold him accountable to this. But I digress. So he’s an American and has been speaking out quite a bit on #AllBlacksMatter. 

This is the kinda stuff he says:
You assume my anger is at white people and not white supremacy
“For example, nobody would deny that if someone was a billionaire in 1962, his billions are going to affect all of his descendants. The reverse is also true. The lack of education, material and finances for a slave are going to affect the descendants of that individual as well. So when you start looking at it [like that] and stepping back, you may say, "Ah, okay. It's more of a systemic issue that's happening." If you start to see some of these infrastructural [issues], that will start to make a difference. 
But to be fair, that process takes humility on both sides. It also takes a great deal of humility for someone to quell his or her emotions, frustrations, and anger with another who constantly can’t see the emotional turmoil they're going through. The person who feels frustrated by those who don’t readily understand or acknowledge racism, will struggle to consistently paint the narrative for them.
I want people to know that [racism] is bigger than just caring for your community. This is a moral issue across the board for humanity. If you subscribe to any moral code that says you should care for humanity, obviously black people will fit into that category. So why would you not advocate for justice and truth unless you have something to lose?”
I mean woah. Using your influence to speak out like that. Trusting that God is in control, and knowing you have been called for such a time as this. To use your influence to speak out at a time like this. To love and respect people enough to tell them the truth at a time like this. 
If I quoted all the lyrics from his songs where I paused, replayed, wished I was on Twitter so I could tweet it, replayed again and settled for a mass WhatsApp mission I’d never finish this post. I leave you with one of the latest, his closing line on Misconceptions 3:
“Wonder how do we survive in this suicide, do or die jungle?
Let the Spirit lead like He want to”





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