hasn’t left his faith behind as he distances himself from “white evangelicalism.” has publicly distanced himself from white evangelicals.
Piper, the pastor, author and theologian who created the Desiring God website, wrote an article about the matter called “116 Been Real. Lecrae, ‘White Evangelicalism.'” In the article Piper cited Lecrae’s appearance on the Truth’s Table podcast last week where the 37-year-old rapper spoke about feeling that he had to lay his black heritage to the side as a Christian.
On the podcast, Lecrae said that he lost some of his white evangelical audience when he started speaking out against racial injustices last year.
“I spoke out repeatedly in 2016 in many different ways, and it affected me. I went from a show that may have 3,000 people to 300,” he said. “Those 300 love Lecrae, the black man, the Christian, not the caricature that had been drawn up. This is not Lecrae placating a white audience.
“I don’t feel any sense of prioritizing white evangelicalism,” he added.
Piper added, “that could have been Lecrae. It could be you.”
However, Piper seems confident in the strength of Lecrae’s faith.
“Lecrae is not an adolescent. His faith is not secondhand,” Piper said. “I am thankful for that. Very thankful.”
Although Piper cited lyrics to Lecrae’s song “Facts” from his eighth studio album All Things Work Together, he also disagreed with the notion that all white evangelicals should be grouped together.
“John Piper and a few million other supposed natives didn’t vote for Donald Trump. … We don’t think Robert E. Lee is a simple embodiment of nobility,” Piper’s article states. “We don’t think the Confederate flag can fly with impunity. We don’t think kneeling for justice desecrates the other flag.”
Piper went on to tackle racial injustices.
“We are baffled that Philando Castile’s shooter walks free. We are dismayed at the nationwide resurgence of manifest racial antagonism,” he wrote. “We don’t think ‘systemic’ is an unintelligible word. And a few of us, believe it or not, are impenitent five-point Calvinists (how else can you survive?).”
While Piper admits that he doesn’t have all of the answers, he also makes it clear that Jesus Christ has not changed.
“So it is not yet clear to me what the implications are when young, black, Christian men and women loosen their ties with ‘white evangelicalism.’ What I do know is that nothing has changed about Jesus,” Piper wrote. “Nothing has changed about the Gospel of sovereign grace. Nothing has changed about the blood-bought one new identity in Jesus Christ.”