WATCH: Is Hip-Hop Music Christian Music? Propaganda Answers

Christian hip-hop artist Propaganda says, ‘Sometimes loving your neighbor means understanding your neighbor.’

Although some Christians might not listen to various forms of secular music, Christian artist Propaganda believes that all music is “God’s reflecting” and believes that listening for the  “fingerprints of God” hidden within secular music can actually be an “act of worship.”

Propaganda, also known by his real name of Jason Petty, a popular hip-hop and spoken word artist from Los Angeles, appeared on a recent episode of the Dove Channel’s “Frankly Faraci” and was asked by host Matthew Faraci whether or not hip-hop is Christian music.

“Well, hip-hop is hip-hop. And you know, Jesus ain’t die for hip-hop,” the 37-year-old former school teacher answered. “He died for people. Like any other genre, somebody puts their personhood and their faith and their beliefs into whatever they do.”

“So country music isn’t Christian music. It’s country music. There are Christians that do it. Do you know what I am saying?” he continued. “And hip-hop itself, depending on who you ask and what day you ask them, is much more than a musical genre, it’s more of a cultural expression that came out of sociopolitical and economic state that the nation is in.”

Propaganda agreed that hip-hop can be Christian music, if the outlet is used for such a purpose.

“Absolutely, just like any other thing can be Christian,” he said. “So, as an artist who is doing hip-hop, hip-hop is the utility, the artist plugging into that might or might not be Christian.”

Faraci added that even though some “bad actors” have given rap a “bad name, that doesn’t mean that the genre is “inherently bad.”

Propaganda agreed, stating that he believes that all music is “God reflecting.”

“I have a worldview that believes that there is no sphere of the universe that God is not sovereign over. So all music, all art, all beauty is God’s. So, all of it is God reflecting. Evil exists in the hearts of men and women,” he explained. “Help me understand how the content of hip-hop is any different than “Hotel California” or any other musical genre where people are just telling their soundtrack of life that is sometimes filled with incredible debauchery.”

“The racial undertone of that is like, ‘Well, hip-hop is made by black people.’ So, somehow we have to give this a caveat like it’s wrong. But, it don’t have to be wrong. How come nobody is saying that about any other genre?” Propaganda asked. “So, I would say that when you are creating art, you are either creating art about the light or about what the light is shining on. In that sense, every album is telling God’s story.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith