Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae encouraged Christians to “draw near to God” in the midst of the distress and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering the reminder that believers have an “answer for the hopelessness and the worthlessness” the world is currently experiencing.
“I think a lot of times distress causes us to draw near to God,” the Grammy Award-winning rapper recently told host Gabe Lyons during the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, an annual event that equips Christian leaders to thoughtfully engage culture from a Christian worldview.
“I don’t want to be caught trying to be overly productive or overly fearful,” he said. “I want to be caught surrendering and drawing near to God in the midst of distress, in the midst of a trying time.”
Lecrae referenced Jeremiah 29:11, which reads: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“All of this was in the midst of distress; it’s a great promise in the midst of a humongous problem,” he said, noting that when God spoke these words, the Israelites were in captivity.
“The challenge to them was to continue living, to build houses to start families,” he said. “I think for us, the call for us is to continue living, to say, ‘OK, I can’t change the circumstance, but I can be changed in the midst of it. I can’t run away from this, but I can walk through this with the people around me.’ I think that’s what I’m called to do in this in this time period.”
The artist and bestselling author encouraged Christians to remember that followers of God have an “an answer for the hopelessness and the worthlessness that can become so prevalent,” adding: “If there was ever a time to not be ashamed, it’s during times of trial and tribulation when people are looking, literally searching for answers, searching for of validity and purpose and hope.”
Still, Lecrae highlighted the importance of using art to lament during these times of uncertainty, noting that throughout the Psalms, King David lamented through his art.
“Lamenting gives us a voice; almost a trajectory or a guideline that we can follow in a time of hurt and a time of pain,” he explained. “He was constantly talking to God. Even though he was sad he was talking to God.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett