Rapper and Pastor Tripp Lee says Christians in America must stop trying to fit in by supporting causes that are trending at the time in a show superficial unity, and instead support a long-lasting commitment to God’s priorities.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention co-hosted a conference with The Gospel Coalition, “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” in Memphis, Tennessee, where Lee was one of the speakers.
The event was meant to provide an opportunity for Christians, black and white, to reflect on the state of racial unity in the Church and society.
Lee began his address by sharing his testimony. He explained that he was always a rap artist but when he came to Jesus he decided to use his gifts for the Kingdom. Although only black audiences embraced him at first, eventually Christian contemporary tours asked him to join them on the road also, which exposed white crowds to his music.
“It would be really dangerous for us to assume that Christian hip-hop’s popularity equals racial unity. There’s a difference between being excited about a trend and being excited about what God is already excited about,” he said.
Lee explained that he wanted to talk about this topic because it’s not just Christian hip-hop that’s “in style” these days, as he’s noticed that justice appears to be a fad now also.
“Some of us care about this — justice and unity — just because it’s in style right now,” he continued.
Lee compared this way of thinking to clothing stores that only sell clothes they think are in style. He labeled it “trendy compassion” and said he’s noticed that along with racial injustice other trendy topics include sex trafficking.
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Source: Christian Post