A Good Rap
Thank you for what may be the coolest Christianity Today to date. As a mother of four, I was as excited as my kids to see Lecrae on your May cover. I am thankful for what these musicians have done in my kids' lives, but also in my life. "Why the Gospel Needs Hip-Hop" articulated what I have been trying to convey to friends and family. I have been so struck by Christian hip-hop's sound theology and spiritually mature discussion of a wide variety of issues.
The answer to whether the emotion in secular rap can translate into Christian rap is a resounding yes. The palpable frustration with sin and our fallen world is clear, but then the solution is embraced: God's mercy, grace, and triumph over Satan. In this era of "keep your faith to yourself," this unashamed group of artists is a tonic to my soul.
I greatly appreciated Russell Moore's article on the positive influence Christian hip-hop is having on Christians and non-Christians alike. However, he was off in suggesting that black racial stereotypes can lead to "white fear-mongering seen most brutally in . . . the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin." Comparing the death of Martin to the horrendous and racially motivated murder of Till is impossible. The jury isn't just out on Martin's death; they have yet to be seated.
It was good to read your profile of Michael Cromartie ["The Shepherd," May], which portrays a less politicized faith in the face of incredible politicization over the past 25 years. As a pastor, I read giving thanks that journalists can be exposed to a more authentic view of Christian life.
However, I wonder if there's a way to bring a depoliticized ...1