If popular Christian rapper Lecrae Moore could deliver one message to atheists, he says it would consist of a simple question: “If there’s no purpose, if there’s no creator and … no rhyme or reason to the life that we’re living, then why are we not acting consistent with that thought?”
Moore — whose stage name is simply Lecrae — said that atheist activists like Richard Dawkins would likely say that they have created their own purpose, but the rapper believes that this response isn’t sufficient, as it doesn’t get at the heart of what drives nonbelievers to act as though they are purposeful.
Purpose, Lecrae believes, comes from God — an ideal he explained in detail during a recent interview in TheBlaze‘s New York City newsroom.
Despite disagreeing with nonbelievers, the rapper said he doesn’t look down on them, and he decried the “us versus them” mentality that sometimes takes form when it comes to addressing theological issues.
“I think that for some reason we position ourselves as enemies. It’s kind of ‘us versus them,’” he said. “No, if anything it’s ‘us for them.’”
Watch TheBlaze‘s extensive sit-down interview with Lecrae that covers his life, career and views on the Christian faith:
“Without a chart topping single on the radio, without having to sacrifice my morality or faith — this is still a reality, and I think that’s a message for a lot of people,” he said of scoring a number one album. “It was a win for the culture, it was a win for a lot of parents raising children who want something on the radio that they can champion [and play in their home].”
Lecrae‘s path to success has been interesting to watch, especially considering that rap isn’t a common genre in Christian circles. And in the secular music world, faith-based rap and hip hop is somewhat foreign.
So, in many ways, Lecrae has defied the odds in paving new and uncharted ground and proving that there’s a major market out there for his music. At the center of his work is a concerted effort to rectify what he believes Christian art has gotten wrong for so long.
“Christians, historically, love to give answers instead of creating great questions,” Lecrae toldTheBlaze. “My generation — we grew up afraid of quicksand, because the culture told us [through imagery and stories that] quicksand was going to get us.”
The rapper’s point was that it’s often more memorable and effective to create art that tells great stories and raises questions rather than delivering definitive answers. And that’s something he’s always trying to do in his own work.
Despite all of his recent success, Lecrae remains humble and reflective, telling TheBlaze that he continually works to maintain his humility.
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SOURCE: The Blaze – Billy Hallowell