Pastors should be more like rappers

Here’s a food for thought type of post.  Obviously, there are things about rappers pastors should not emulate and we certainly don’t want unskilled rhymers attempting corny raps on stage.  Leave that to the experienced.  But if you think about the culture of hip hop and the things people value about rappers…there are some lessons that Christian pastors could learn.

  1. Rappers aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, even if it’s controversial or makes waves.  Didn’t Jesus do that with the religious leaders of his day?
  1. Identify with struggle and adversity.  The most compelling rappers have a story of what they had to go through to get where they are.
  1. Creativity/setting trends:  they have their finger on the pulse of their culture, both reflecting it and setting trends (creating new slang words & phrases, clothing styles, dances, etc.)  Influence on mainstream culture.  It doesn’t sit back and copy anything else in the world.  It is aggressive and forward thinking in creating something new.
  1. Collaboration with other artists.  Having a certain guest on a track helps it sell and get popular (work together with others! imagine that)
  1. Not afraid to call out “the industry.”  They are held accountable by their peers to maintain street cred and not sell out because of money or fame.
  1. Keep it real, transparency.  We know their stories.  Their stories are vital.  Where they are from, what kind of obstacles they’ve faced in life.  We know their faults, their sins, they are open about crimes and jail time.  Many glorify it but not all.  Many acknowledge their past and talk about improving their lives and encouraging others to improve their lives
  1. No faking, authenticity is a must.  People can see right through gimmicks and phonies.
  1. Honoring the past, those that paved the way.  Often references to old school rappers, R&B, those that came before them.
  1. Mentoring, bringing others along with you as you succeed.  Many rappers give younger or up-and-coming artists a chance and help connect them to the industry, and they go on to have their own success.  Yet many pastors are selfish and afraid that younger pastors will steal their limelight and are afraid of becoming irrelevant.
  1. Focus on family and friends.  They talk about their friends, they have an entourage, they put their grandmothers in music videos.  They know who was with them as they struggled, and now that they are succeeding, they don’t forget their loved ones.  How many of you actually know your pastor?  Does he/she slip away to a green room after the sermon?


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