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Lecrae’s Anomaly album No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

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Update: Lecrae will also appear on late night TV.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Cutlure, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and three children.

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5 Responses to Lecrae’s Anomaly album No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

  1. John 15:18-19,“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

  2. Taigen, it’s funny you use that verse. The whole point of the album is that he is seen as an outsider by the world! That’s why it is named Anomaly…he is seen as an anomaly by the world…read the lyrics to the song. Also read the lyrics to the first song Outsiders and you’ll see the same concept. Could it just happen to be that enough Christians bought the album to shoot the it to the top of the charts??

  3. Rick, there are a couple things that concern me about this. First, I am not doubting Lecrae’s intention in the lyrics to be an “anomaly.” However, that is not how he is being viewed by “outsiders.” This kind of thing is becoming more common with time within the greater CCM industry, as is the desire to be recognized by the world’s standards. Second, even if what you say is true, and I have no reason to say it isn’t, it does not nullify the meaning and significance of theses verses in this situation.

  4. “However, that is not how he is being viewed by “outsiders.””
    How is he being viewed by outsiders and how do you know…assumption….article?

    I’m assuming (maybe not a good thing) by your original post that you believe non-Christians (the world) purchased his album and therefore love him. There are quite enough Christians around to put him on top…happens with books all the time. If it were Christians that purchased the album, which resulted in a #1 record, does the verse apply?

  5. Rick, sorry for the delay in response. I have been on vacation and had a busy weekend. In response to your last questions about how “outsiders” view Lecrae, consider an interview he did with a BET show last year called 106 and Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG6mTe29vCg). He performed live there, and while they respected his Christian beliefs, the emphasis that they had was on the musical success and recognition Lecrae has received from the musical world through the Grammy’s as well as through the general Hip Hop musical scene. Even Lecrae said that he is just trying to write music that people want to hear, which is a terrible philosophy of ministry from any theological vantage point. Even when he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, i realize that it was not a formal interview (at least that I could find), but in describing his song “nuthin”, there was no sense of Christianity whatsoever in his descriptions, only a deep sense of loving Hip Hop music and wanting “substance” in Hip Hop. How is he supposed to be viewed by the lost world, other than a man of faith who is deeply entrenched in the Hip Hop culture? How does that communicate “come out from among them and be ye separate, thus says the Lord.” Or match with Christ’s words I quoted before that the world will hate those who are not of the world? As Christ’s followers, our responsibility is not to be accepted by the world of lost men, but to preach the truth to them, even though they are rebellious, enemies of God, and condemned to die apart from the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. This issue is not specifically about how many Christians vs non-Christians purchased the album. This issue is about the very heart and meaning of holiness, distinction, separation, and worldliness. As Christians, our positional holiness necessitates our practical holiness. Our distinction as Christians rests on our being different in philosophy, value system, pursuits, motivations, AND practices because of our relationship to God through Christ. Our separation from the world means that we cannot embrace the world’s way of thinking that is opposed to God and His way of thinking.

    None of Christ’s apostles were accepted by the world, except perhaps the betrayer, who was the son of perdition, and not a genuine branch in the vine of Christ. All the other 11, along with Paul, were never embraced by their culture, but were viewed as threats to the current culture of their day, and they all were persecuted and/or martyred. That is a stark difference to what we are seeing today in modern American Christian culture on many fronts. God has been challenging me with living a distinctively different Christian life than what is around me. I want to be different in order to make a difference, not blend in to hopefully find acceptance. That, in my opinion, will only lead to indifference and ineffectiveness for the cause of Christ.

    I stand by my comment and my use of Christ’s words from John’s gospel.

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