CHURCH CLOTHES…Lecrae

Admittedly, I listen to several artists who most of the church folks wouldn’t deem-fit for the kingdom. We talk about being fearfully & wonderfully made to suit individual purposes that GOD creates for us, but we tend to freak out if a brother or sister breaks from the pack. Ya’ll…we can work for the same GOD but be on opposite sides of HIS work detail wall. Check out the OT book of Nehemiah if you need a biblical basis.

lecrae church clothesLecrae. Chip & I have been to his concerts, buy his CD’s; we admire the unique way he shares what a REAL relationship with Christ is about in a language that society-gets. As a pastor’s kid & wife, I’ve attended concerts of every genre; bluegrass, southern & black gospel, inspirational, contemporary. This dude addresses sin and tackles lifestyle choices as pointedly as any artist I’ve heard. I want to ask a question and be honest. When was the last time you went to a concert or preaching service & in ONE shot, the speaker or singer directly talked about the consequences of drinking, smoking, premarital sex, hanging out with the wrong crowd, girls showing too much skin, guys pursuing girls for one night stands, married people cheating on spouses, the pursuit of money, fame & then shared the NEED for CHRIST? Lecrae covers it all,without beating around the bush or talking with religious cliches.

Please don’t automatically decide NOT to listen because you don’t approve of how he looks. If I do nothing more than persuade a few to open their minds and give this kind of music a chance, I’ll be more apt to comprehend why GOD gave me a  genuine love for it. 🙂 I KNOW most over 25 are NEVER going to go & buy it, I only want to give you a bit of perspective on WHY it’s reaching many who I, as a middle aged person, cannot. I posted the words at the end of the post so you can READ what you didn’t catch as he preaches. 🙂

We were at the kickoff of his latest tour in Columbia, S.C. & I was amazed by the diversity. At thirty three, he’s amassed a fan base that surpasses stereotyping. I can’t tell you how many families were attending and church groups of every denomination and race. I saw a van pull up and out bailed a smiling grandma & grandpa,with two young kids and a teenaged dating couple. Mom & Dad parked across the road before joining their brood. I wanted to present gray haired Paw Paw & Maw Maw with a SWAG award. Heck, they had us beat by at least 15 years! See, these people obviously have given this young man’s message a listen and they want their KIDS and their kid’s kids to hear it, TUNE in and hear it.TY, FELICIA, Me & Lecrae

The LADYBUG has to be one of his youngest fans. Since she was born, she prefers drifting to night night with Lecrae over lullabies. Annalise is just 15 months old, but already has her favorite songs. If she gets restless in her carseat, Poppy jacks up I USED TO DO IT, TOO or WALKING ON WATER & she giggles. I think she’s silently thinking-silly Lolly! Old white ladies can’t dance! 🙂

We’re quick to judge those who dress differently, use a different vocabulary and sing songs about JESUS differently than we do. Two weeks ago as I watched a televised service from a famous, but scandal clad evangelist, his son went on a rant about CHRISTian music other than the kind their church uses. He boasted that they’d never be guilty of compromising their holy music to please the world. He pointed out an extremely talented singer on the worship team & held him up as a standard of what HOLY singers should look like. Sound like. BE like. Why did it bother me? Simply because the teen had not long ago been caught with marijuana at a drug house near the church. Rather than deal with his actions in a loving, but straightforward way, the leadership opted to bury it under the altar so he’d continue to look the part. I don’t fault the singer; I grieve saved and unsaved souls who hear LEADERS say one thing while they watch us do another. How are immature believers supposed to divide the work of truth rightly if their leaders dull the sword all for the sake of IMAGE?

I didn’t go further than facebook to see the youth pastor’s wife-partying with her gal pals at a bridal bash. A few young ladies who I saw on TV singing in their conservative CHURCH CLOTHES, were in these pics wearing their Nicki Minaj, flaunt your hott BODY girlfriend, clothes! They posed with the same gangsta faces & hand gestures that I heard their preacher condemn.

I’m not criticizing what they were doing NEARLY so much as the destructive, blurry belief system that they are being conditioned to follow. Even if you do things we preach against, be sure to wear your CHURCH CLOTHES & act like you DON’T at church.

So, don’t be surprised if you see me with a three finger hand gesture. I’m not having random SEX, DRINKING, doing CRACK, packing a pistol as I plot how to rob your house. Thanks to another favorite, DEE-1-it’s a reminder that the best way to serve GOD is: BE REAL. BE RIGHTEOUS. BE RELEVANT. And, I still love me some peace signs, too! I am a product of the seventies. I like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.

AMELIAHere’s one of my chickies, AMELIA, rocking double peace. She calls me THE BIBLE LADY. Told you I haven’t fallen off the wagon, Mels is proof! Ace & RalphI LOVE this little girl to the stars & back. Right are two of my Polynesian boys (they aren’t kids, but I’ll always be their Mums. Ace, holding up a peace sign, is welcoming his 5th child any day. He & Daisy, give their kids a book of the Bible as a middle name-so far Psalms, Philippians, Ephesians, Titus. Could you find a starker contrast than this little girl & these guys? BUT, I know them all & for sure-they all LOVE JESUS!

When was the last time that you checked your own CHURCH CLOTHES? I pray that you find some that fit YOU just right! 😀

“Church Clothes”   (Parenthesis are my translations for the vocabulary difference I wrote of in post)

One time for H-town, one time for D-town, One time A-town, M-town

Yea

R.I.P. to Medgar Evers, R.I.P. to Dr. King

I ain’t tryna’ hate on my own kind

But Al and Jesse don’t speak for me (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) 🙂

I’m probably gon’ catch some flack man

But I’m-a swallow this pill like Pacman

Some of these folks won’t tell the truth

Too busy try’na get them racks man (thousands $$$)

Church try’na rob my paychecks

Choir members probably having gay sex

Pastor manipulatin’ hurtin’ women

I wonder which he’s gon’ slay next

Bookstore pimpin’ them hope books (promoting)

Like God don’t know how broke looks

And telling me that I’m gon’ reap a mil’

If I sow into these low crooks

Plus I know ol’ girl a freak (sexually promiscuous)

And how she singin’ a solo

I walked in the church wit a snapback  (backward cap)

And they tellin’ me that that’s a “no-no”?

That’s backwards, and I lack words

For these actors called pastors

All these folks is hypocrites

And that’s why I ain’t at church

Truthfully I’m just doin’ me

And I don’t wanna face no scrutiny

As long as the church keep wildin’ out  (acting fake or ridiculous)

I can justify all my foolish deeds

Smoking weed, pourin’ up

Keep that lean up in my cup  (mindlessly drinking)

Maybe I could change the world

But this porn on my laptop got me stuck

Yeah I know what’s right from wrong

But that there ain’t gon sell a song

I rather sell my soul then save it

If that’s what make my money long

It better not be no real God

With real hope, that heals hearts

That shows me that I ain’t livin’ up

To all the things that He put me here for

It better not be no real church

Real saints, who pray hard

And let me rock my snapback

With the 501’s and the J’s on  (Levis & Air Jordans)

It better not be no real folk

Who don’t think that they better than you

Straight or gay, drunk and high

They walk through the cold and weather wit’ ‘chu

‘Nah we don’t wanna see that

Cause that might mean “life change”

That might mean I’m worth more than money, cars, sex, and pipe dreams

Better not be no real Jesus, real forgiveness, for hurt folks

If God gon’ take me as I am I guess I already got on my church clothes

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