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Lecrae: Christians are being stereotyped by secular society


HE'S NOT keen on being labelled a Christian rapper, and now Grammy Award-winning artist Lecrae has explained why.

The 36-year-old, who won his second Grammy Award last year for best Best Contemporary Christian Song/Performance for his track Messengers, has revealed that he believes Christians, as a whole, are stereotyped.

"For a lot of people, groups, Christians included, issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian I'm either this staunch conservative Republican or I'm this tree hugging liberal," Lecrae said last week.

"You're stereotyped. It's almost assumed that people know what your issues are going to be."

The Christian rap artist, real name Lecrae Devaughn Moore, who was the first to simultaneously top both the Billboard gospel music charts and the Billboard 200 with his 2014 album Anomaly, has been involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Although he took part in the Ferguson, Missouri, protests after Michael Brown, who had committed a strong-arm robbery was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014, Lecrae admits that he has received flack for it, The Christian Post reported.

"It's unfortunate that myself, as a black man, cannot care about the issues that impact the black community without being seeing as a race-baiter or without being seen as someone who doesn't care about any other ethnic groups," Lecrae told CNN.

"A Christian is noun. A Christian is a person. I function, I live life as a Christian and me living life as a Christian doesn't mean I'm a sanitised person," Lecrae, head of the Reach Records label, told CNN. "It means that I readily admit I'm a jacked up person and I need a Saviour."

Despite his influence, Lecrae is not interested in using his faith to force people to see things his way.

"My views as a Christian means there's moral plumb line that I'm fighting to adhere to. It's not say, this is the way the country's going to run and things are going to be," Lecrae said.

"Honestly, what Jesus was about, was laying his life down for the marginalised who didn't have it all together."

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