Tuesday, September 05, 2017

A walk to the Bronx with Andy Mineo and Lecrae

Andy Mineo and Lecrae are two of my favorite contemporary musical artists. They both rap. They are both Christians.

Here, while recommending a new book, Mineo tells about an incident that he and Lecrae were recently both involved in and then, witnesses to, while walking through a New York City neighborhood.

Please listen to the whole thing. You will be blessed.

And please choose to listen to it at all, even if it gets uncomfortable. He says some very important things.

My views on engaging in sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage are well-known by those who know me. I've made them clear here.

I hope that my belief that Christians are called to love and try to understand all people is equally well known.

Jesus says that we are to love our neighbors, no exceptions.

Jesus says that we're also to speak God's truth. And, in Ephesians, we're told to speak the truth of God in love.

We can do both of those things--love our neighbor and speak the truth, as long as we own our own imperfections and our own need of Jesus forgiveness for our sins.

Anyone who is truly grateful that they have been saved by grace through faith in Christ alone will be powerfully motivated to never look down their nose is on anyone.

Like Luther, we Christians can own the fact that we are all beggars, that we are all in need of grace because we cannot save ourselves.

I love what Andy Mineo has to say here. I love the sensitivity he shows to all kinds of people here, including police officers thrust into difficult situations without knowing the context.

Please listen to what this extraordinary young man has to say. I thank God for him and for Lecrae and the ways in which they are showing the implications of the good news of Jesus Christ to all kinds of people.

[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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