Monday evening Xist Music artist Da' T.R.U.T.H. initiated some lively discussion on his public Facebook page when he made a post about artists and their choice to use (or not use) the label "Christian artist."
He asked "Question: There has been a great deal of discussion surrounding this issue as of late. From your perspective how important is it for Christian artist to use the Christian label? I.e. Christian (gospel) rapper..."
Da' T.R.U.T.H. made a very good case for why he believes the label is appropriate and should not necessarily be shied away from. He also made it clear that his post was not directed at anyone, but is "based on the conversation and questions whirling around amongst the body right now."
Peep what he had to say...
1.There is no prescriptive law that requires us to label ourselves as Christian artist. Therefore, to not do it is not a sin in anyway. However, the examples in scripture and throughout church history help to guide us in understanding the heart beat of God in these matters.
2. Acts 11 is the very first time we see the word Christian used. The disciples were Categorized as Christian because they were followers of Jesus Christ. It was common in Jewish culture to be identified based on the rabbi that you were discipled by. Sadly, the disciples were despised and thereby persecuted because of their strong affiliation with Christ. If you wanted to avoid persecution, all you had to do was throw off the label. The Christian label not only associated the disciples with Christ but also with the broader context of believers all over the world.
3. It's true, if you are a plumber or technician, the Christian label is unnecessary. However, those occupations are neutral but Christ centered music is not. If the music that we produce specifically focuses in on Jesus Christ than it is undoubtedly Christian music and we are Christian artist. The word Christian in this context serves as an adjective and adjectives describe the word that follows. Beyond that, there are occupations where labels are important I.e. Doctors and law enforcement. We don't call doctors by their first name, we refer to them as doctor... And cops as officer... This is a clear example of labels being used to distinguish.
4.Again, it is not sin but we must check out motives to see if we are throwing the Christian label overboard to escape persecution whether physical or social. It is easy for us to us to underestimate what we will do in order to be accepted by the world. It's easy to be unashamed( not a diss) and bold amongst believers but we need that boldness the most when we are amongst the people who don't know him. Acts 4 Jesus told us that the world would hate us, let's not try to get around it. Mk 10
5. I differentiate between artist that are Christian (PJ Morton) and Christian artist. Both are pleasing to God in my estimation. If you are Christian artist, don't be ashamed (Rom 1:16). It was somebody else's boldness that got us to where we are. Be that for someone else!!!
What are your thoughts on artists labeling themselves as "Christian artists?"
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