And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
See I have been in constant conflict since I have been writing articles for Examiner and blogging in other places. I can only write about what is in my heart or something that truly affects people. I have a college degree in mass media and worked in the radio and television industry for years. I have an understanding of how the animal lives, breathes and what it eats. I understand that the most sensational highest profile stuff gets pushed out front. The real good news and opinion may once and a while get an opportunity to shine on a slow news day.
The conflict is do I conform and write about stuff that is fluff that will sell and feed the media animal?or do I stick to my guns and write about what I really love and that is God, his kingdom, and his people? The other night I am sitting there talking to a friend and I was surfing the Internet looking at current news stories and I see a story about Lacrae Moore a Christian rapper who has managed to make it to the top of the secular charts and is actually selling more records than most of the mainstream artists.
My first thought was thank you Jesus. My second thought was keep doing what you are doing and let the audience find you. Ten years ago we had a holy hip hop night at our ministry where every Friday night we had Christian rappers come in and perform. We had a lot of criticism from people in the church because they said we were making church into a show. However, the reason we did what we did was to save these young people from the streets on Friday night. After the music went off or sometimes while the music was going on we would end up having testimony service and several of the teens gave their life to Christ. The bible says that heaven rejoices over one soul saved. Luke 15:7 If we save one soul then the means justifies the end.
My point is this, everything is created by God and for the purpose of God. There are people upset about Churches using the media and the Internet. There are folks mad about preaching prosperity and about mega churches. Jesus preached before the multitudes and collected money. Nobody wants to preach in an empty room and I never heard of anyone praying to be in lack or in want. We have to get past the how and get to the why. Why do we do anything we do? It should be for God. It should be to save souls and to get more souls into the kingdom of heaven. If the result is souls for the kingdom, then however you get them there is alright with God. God is not going to be mad at you for saving souls and telling people about Jesus Christ.
All the creations of God are tools for us to use to get people to the cross. If Christian rap music gets someone to the cross, then so be it. They are saved and that pleases God. Money and media are just tools they are not evil in and of themselves. It is the intent of the person with the tools like money or media that determines their inherent goodness or evil. If you give a pastor with a servants heart a million dollars he will use it to help people and bring people to salvation. Give a drug dealer a million dollars he will buy more drugs to sell and pollute the community. Same money, different intent and purpose. One good and pleasing to God, one evil and destructive. Artists like Lacrae rap about Jesus and salvation. That is a good thing. We know there are countless other rappers that rap about things that are actually leading people toward death and destruction. No one says a word about that, but let a young pastor like Lacrae make money and become popular, then judgmental Christians have a problem.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; Revelation 7:9 See my mission and your mission is to add to that great multitude. However, we cannot add to the multitude if we are arguing over doctrine and methodology. By the same token we also cannot conform to becoming secular. By that I mean when we use the tools, what do we use them for? Do we forget the gospel just to be popular and gain self notoriety and our own vain glory or do we use the tools of technology and media to spread the gospel and give God the glory?Ask yourself, does what I am doing please God and will it add souls to the kingdom? If it does, do not worry about what people think because you will never be able to please everyone. In fact trying to please everyone is a sure path to failure.
Lacrae’s story has encouraged me and I pray many others to stay on the path that leads to saving souls and do not sell out to the mainstream. We may just be small right now, but God promised that he would make our name great and would exult us in due season.