Christian Hip-hop is becoming a large entity. We have folks from Calvinistic and charismatic camps, but we are all brethren in Christ. The Lord has bestowed His grace upon all of us and we are to serve Him. It is actually a blessing to have such diversity. A sense of checks and balances is needed and within this musical community our camps are able to intersect. It is dangerous to be a high school cafeteria where all the jocks hang out on one end, the nerds on the other and then band camp in the far corner.
As Christians, we are all family, a part of the same body and like some family holidays, it can get uncomfortable to be thrown into the same house and yet here we all are. I’m a country boy, I have no business interacting with someone like Swift or Loso, but the commonality is our love for God and so we were able to hop on the same song.
Hip-hop artists who champion Christ have a responsibility to bridge the gap. Why? Because we are family. Matthew 5:9 states ““Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Friends, we are called to be peacemakers and when we step behind the mic or turn on that live camera, we become a voice and like it or not, that voice has influence.
Sometimes, that voice can wild out or shady businesses practices can occur and when that happens, conflict resolution may need to happen before peace is obtained. Coming from different backgrounds or different cliques, that can be uncomfortable, but never the less that is our calling as Christians, as family.
We may not agree on covenantal or classical apologetics. On covenant or dispensational theology on boom bap or trap, but what we do agree on is that Christ is the only true hope for this world. With that commonality, we can put aside our nuanced differences and sit at the same table.
It is OK to ruffle feathers, it is OK to have difficult conversations. It is even OK to call someone out publicly because we all champion the same cause and we are all responsible to our Father.
The Bible gives us this example in Galatians 2:11-13 “11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.[a] 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.”
Peter and Paul, the two great apostles had a disagreement with each other and they confronted it. Like wise, we are able to do the same because our unity comes from the same Father and are all one body.
Written By: Srrvant