I saw a discussion about hip-hop in the church, and since the discussion was closed, I'll have to start another discussion. I have been on both sides of this issue. After watching a video by Elder G. Craig Lewis called "The Truth Behind Hip-Hop" in college, I decided for a while that hip-hop should not be used or promoted in the church.
I still don't believe that most secular hip-hop should be used in church. However, some of the most theologically solid pastors that I have heard are in the new reformed hip-hop churches. Pastors such as Eric Mason, D'hati Lewis, and Jerome Gay. These men are theologically sound and seek to use hip-hop (the genre, not the religion) to reach the lost. What's the difference between a cowboy church and a hip-hop church? I'm sorry if this is offensive to anyone,
I can see why people are against Christians using hop-hop. A lot of it has to do with the five percent nation of Gods and Earths. I am opposed to this false religion just as much as anyone else. But hip-hop is very popular among today's youth and some people's opinions are changing.
Flame and Lecrae are arguably the most popular Christian hip-hop artists today. If you go to sbts.edu, you will find an interview that the vice president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary did with each of them. He believes them to be theologically sound and believes that they are reaching the lost with their message. The SBC is a very conservative denomination. If their thoughts are changing on this issue, that says a lot.
Like I said before, I don't want to offend anyone, at least unnecessarily. But I believe that we have to lose our religion if we want to have a relationship with Christ. Some traditions are worth holding onto. Like the sound doctrine that was preached by the reformers, the puritans, the methodists, and the early Pentecostals. But some things can and should change.
To sum everything up, doctrine should never change if it's based on the word of God. But our methods of conveying those doctrines can and should change over time. Just trying to speak the truth in love.
BTW: I do think there's a place for revealing the truth behind a lot of the music out there today. But I think that sometimes G. Craig Lewis goes too far. Especially when he talks about Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary and other gospel artists like that. I'm not saying that they're above reproof, but we shouldn't tear other people's ministries down. Those are my thoughts. God bless.