For those who know me well, you know that it takes a lot to get me excited, and I am excited. Friday morning of this past week while driving to work, I listened to Lecrae’s new album Rebel for this first time. I could not stop smiling, and I barely held back the tears that were fighting to flood over my eyelids. “I praise you, Lord, for I have seen the root of your Revival!” is a more poetic semblance of the prayer of my heart when I first heard those Christ-saturated lyrics. Oh, and it is Rap.
Now I am even more convinced that a revival is upon us, because, unbeknownst to me, there is, as a friend informed me, a significant movement of this music. I am still fairly ignorant of the greater scope of this movement, and I presently only have two new albums that I am listening to as often as I can: Rebel by Lecrae and The Atonement by Shai Linne. I have been extremely blessed, convicted, edified, and challenged thus far, and I am sure that you would be as well, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
As for the genre, I would challenge you to place aside your presuppositions if you are skeptical. Yes, the world has used the genre to laud the most heinous, wicked, and despicable acts and lifestyles that the world knows, but if Christ can cause tax collectors and prostitutes to turn and repent to the praise of his glorious grace, he can certainly turn a type of music around for his name’s sake. As for the merits of the genre itself, it, unlike any other, has the high potential to be prophetic. And when I say, “prophetic,” do not think of the term’s misuse but of its biblical use, i.e. the bold and unabashed proclamation of God’s Word and his will. If you listen to any one song of the aforementioned artists, you will understand what I am talking about.
I would also encourage you to embrace this movement and to pray that God will flood our nation and its inner-cities with this glorious music. A new Reformation is upon us; don’t miss out on God’s work.