Lecrae, outspoken Christian and award-winning recording artist, has taken to his social networks to speak out on the frustration he feels in light of responses to the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. The rapper also has received pushback for suggesting that hip-hop artists lose credibility by rapping about “lawlessness” and then demanding “equality and justice.”
“Regardless of your view on #Ferguson. If [you] have zero compassion for that community you are not loving your neighbor as yourself. These are my cousins, aunts, nieces, uncles, nephews, and our ethnic bond is strong,” Lecrae wrote on Instagram Friday. “It does not supersede my bond of faith but at times it feels like my eternal family could care less about my earthly family.”
He added, “I feel I’m only accepted if I perform well and don’t act like my ‘cousins.’ I am the same as them but the grace of God has granted me opportunities they didn’t get.”
The rapper went on to comment on law enforcement officials on duty during the weeks-long protests and occasional mayhem that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown and Wilson had their deadly encounter.
“I pray for the families of the officers who haven’t seen their wives and kids for days,” Lecrae added.
“I have no ill will toward anyone I only want unity, equality, and love. Were it not for the compassion of people who didn’t look like me loving me I wouldn’t be all I am today.”
The married father and ReachLife Ministries leader concluded his comments by referencing the apostle Paul’s words on how love supersedes all in 1 Corinthians 13: “If we have ANYTHING and do not have Love…we have Nothing.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post