Rap Artist Propaganda says If Church Wants to Foster Racial Reconciliation, It Must First Admit It ‘Sees through a Glass Dimly’

Screen capture from the April 25, 2017 Matthew Faraci’s interview of rap artist Propaganda (left), airing on the Dove TV streaming-video channel and available at YouTube. (YouTube)

In order to foster racial reconciliation, the church in America needs to admits it “sees through a glass dimly” on racial issues, rap artist Propaganda — born Jason Emmanuel Petty — said in an interview now airing on Christian streaming-channel Dove TV. 

“I kind of think we could stand to be a little more honest about our shortcomings, our mistakes, our failures… and be willing to say like the Scripture says, I see through a glass dimly,” Mr. Petty told Christian journalist and Dove TV “Frankly Faraci” host Matthew Faraci.

The attitude Christians should have, he added, is, “I don’t have this figured out. I’m running at the cross just like you are. I am not what I want to be.”

In earlier interviews, Mr. Petty has similarly spoken about racial reconciliation in the church and how cultural assumptions and prejudices can cloud Christians from looking clearly at issues related towards biblically-based reconciliation.

“Let’s not just go find black things to put into a white structure, let’s look at the structure,” he said in a 2016 interview with Relevant magazine, reported hip-hop website Rapzilla. “I think when you do that as a church and say, ‘How much of our ecclesiology is really just Victorian or Greek rather than truly biblical?’ that that opens the door for the church to really start stepping toward reconciliation.”

In his Dove TV interview, Mr. Petty suggested that regardless of one’s race, the Christian faith teaches that everyone fundamentally has the same problem and needs the same Savior.

“I think that if we could as a body just kind of like, just kind of embrace like, what the cross says about us,” Mr. Petty told Dove TV’s Mr. Faraci, “which is the cross says about us is that you’re hopeless.”

“The worst thing anybody can say to you is not worse than what the cross says, which is, you’re hopeless. There’s nothing you can do about you.”

In addition to racial reconciliation within the church in America, Mr. Petty explained his philosophy about art and cultural change.

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Source: Washington Times |