BSAC OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON “CHRISTIAN RAPPER” VS A “RAPPER THAT IS CHRISTIAN”
As long as Christian music has been seen as a potential profit source for the secular music industry, there has always been a temptation to remove the name of Jesus Christ from it. This has happened in every genre, from Negro spirituals, to Gospel songs, to folk-style worship, to Christian Contemporary and electric-guitar based music. In Christian rap as well, the artists on the higher end of the talent spectrum have always been asked to leave Christ out in order to have a wider appeal and help someone make a larger profit margin. Here are our beliefs on the matter:
- If our content is Biblical and Holy Spirit filled, it will point to Christ (John 16:14). We don’t have to put the title of “Christian” on ourselves. The term will be put on us by those in the world.
- The word, “Christian” started out as a pejorative term. It was given to Believers by unbelievers as a term of disrespect. They were being mocked for trying to follow and be like Christ (Acts 11:26).
- If we are followers of Christ, unbelievers will categorize us. We must not be ashamed of the title when we are given the title. This is how we get an opportunity to glorify God (1 Peter 4:16).
- If our ministry points others to Christ, it will be categorized as well. We must not be ashamed of our work (1 Corinthians 3:10-16).
- When someone famous or powerful looks down on the title of “Christian,” that is not a failed outreach attempt. It is a successful outreach attempt if you are not ashamed to bear the reproach of Christ. When you lose influence for Christ, you are showing everyone that Christ is more valuable than your influence.
- Art, lyric infused music, and non-technical publishing are spiritual products, because they are meant to inspire and communicate worldviews. Therefore, it is sensible for a spiritual product to be labeled by its source of inspiration.
- Natural products like plumbing, machines or widgets, can be done for the glory of God. But since they are natural products, they are not publishing a spiritual message.
- If we are in ministry, and we fight against the title of Christian for commercial or outreach reasons, we become liars and deceivers at worst, ignorant and doing spiritually vain work at best (2 Peter 2:1, Matthew 10:33).
- Bearing the name of Christ is a noble thing, and it is used by unbelievers to persecute true believers. It is a part of our suffering in this fallen world, and it gives us greater rewards in the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 6:22).
- In reality, if we don’t want to bear the reproach or the loss of income from being associated with Christ, we are denying Christ in some measure. We are placing Jesus on the losing team in our earthly minds… instead of investing our daily life into the cross of Christ (Philippians 3:18-20).
- The Apostle Peter, who became violent enough to defend Christ physically, was the same one who decided to deny being spiritually associated with Christ later on. When he thought that Jesus might be on the losing team, He denied Jesus Christ in an effort to be accepted by the world. Then Jesus resurrected, and Peter was strengthened with a spiritual mind to stand for Christ (Matthew 26-28). We as believers seek to be strengthened with this long-term view on a daily basis, and embrace suffering for the name of Christ.
BSAC, the Biblically Sound Artist Coalition is a network of artists, writers, designers, producers, musicians, media personalities, singers, and Pastors who are passionate about the beauty and glory of God, and are concerned and active against the compromise and corruption that has infiltrated the Body of Christ. We use our God-given talents and resources to create and promote God focused music, publishing, and media for the body of Christ, and for reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.