here. It's a new online mag and the first few issues have been really good) I've been asked this question many times over the years. And it definitely didn't start with me or hip-hop. It's a question that has been asked for centuries. At its essence, Christians genuinely struggle with how a believer in Jesus Christ can use something that has long been associated with evil (such as hip-hop) and attempt to glorify God with it? If one were to attempt an in-depth answer, enough could be written to fill the pages of a thick book. But for those out there who may struggle to answer this succinctly, I gave the following brief answer. I hope it's helpful.
Credo Mag: In the past you have been criticized for redeeming such a “depraved genre” as hip-hop. What is your response to this criticism?
SL: To those who say, "How can you take that thing that is used for evil and glorify God with it?" My two word answer is "The Cross." The central act of redemptive history involved God Himself doing that very thing! (See 1 Cor. 1:18-25)
My longer response to that particular criticism is usually to simply re-phrase the objection. I would say something like, "Are you saying that you have a problem with me taking a medium that has been used to blaspheme God and using it instead as a medium to praise and exalt God's holy name, proclaim His glorious gospel, speak biblical truth and magnify the infinite worth of the Lord Jesus Christ?"
Arguments against "depraved genres" are ultimately arguments against redemption itself, because depraved genres are the products of depraved human beings- who need redemption. (In fact, "depraved genre" is a misnomer because it's ascribing moral value to a medium, which by definition is morally neutral until informed by content.) Once God has redeemed a person, it's fitting for the Christian to take the "genres" or vehicles (such as books, cameras, canvasses, the internet, language, musical forms, etc.) that he or she once used for evil and now use them to promote the glory of God. Those who make the objection (especially as they use the internet to do so) are often unaware that they themselves use "depraved genres" all the time.
grace and peace,