Lecrae Takes on Christians Who Don't Want Him to Talk About Race

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People of different races hold hands as they gather on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, North Carolina after the first service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church since a mass shooting left nine people dead. June 21, 2015. |

Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.

In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.

"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote.

The songwriter insinuated that fighting racism not only requires preaching biblical truths, but further actions like making changes to some of the nation's structures and to the powers that be.

"True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken," he wrote. "Obviously, many can't see the systemic effects of racism and abused authority. Many can't see that racism has stained this country because they are privileged to not see it."

Lecrae was blunt when he wrote, "They [some members of the white community] project blame on themselves when they see these kinds of posts. You assume my anger is at white people and not white supremacy."

The Grammy Award-winner implored fans and followers to heed his point that racism is operating within many of the nation's infrastructures and that it must be killed at the root.

In a seemingly two-pronged approach the Texas native also published an op-ed in Billboard last week in which he asserted that humility is a path toward racial harmony, The Christian Post reported.

Still, in his Instagram post, the rapper urged followers to strongly consider his position. "If you ever trusted in anything I've said, if you've used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now. This [racism] is an epidemic that school books or church services haven't taught you."

Lecrae concluded his post with the defiant message, "And listen if you really, really hate this post you are always free to unfollow me. I'll still love you."

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