GRAMMY-winning rapper Lecrae continues to push boundaries and open dialogue. Recently Lecrae participated in a 30-minute conversation with preacher/author, John Piper and John Ensor, President of the pregnancy help ministry, PassionLife.
During the conversation, Lecrae recounted his personal experience as a young Christian struggling to find his way when his girlfriend at the time became pregnant. Lecrae confesses that he convinced her that having an abortion was the best thing—a decision he now regrets. Lecrae talks openly about the pain of coming to grips with what he had done years later and about his reasoning for sharing this part of his journey now in the song, “Good, Bad, Ugly” off of his chart-topping 2014 release, Anomaly.
The conversation also takes on the racial disparity of abortions. In the United States’ most populous city, New York City, where more than 8 million people live, 46% of the abortions are performed on African Americans even though African Americans make up just 25% of the population. Nationwide, it is estimated that 30% of abortions in America are performed on African Americans who make up only 12.5% of America’s population.
30% of abortions in America are performed on African Americans who make up only 12.5% of America’s population.
Consider the leading causes for abortion as reported by the Guttmacher Institute:
- 75% of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals
- 75% say they cannot afford a child
- 75%say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents
- 50% say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner
Nearly 9 out of every 10 abortions are performed on unmarried women (CDC).
Imagine if churches and Christians in urban communities could come around these women and men and assure them that we would be there to support them when times were hard and to share our resources with them when things got lean.
Imagine if we were able to teach and model the kind of unconditional love that would cause people to run to God’s people for help in their hour of greatest need and not run from God’s people because of chastisement and shame. Sure, we all have to be accountable for our actions, including the decision to get in bed with someone, but in this case and on this subject, I think we can best model Christ’s love by considering the impact we can make through accepting and loving people.
When a person comes to you broken and confused, that is not the time for your “Did you consider the consequences/ You should have known better/ I told you so” speech. Can that speech indefinitely and instead remember your savior bending into the dirt to save the life of an unworthy adulterer and remember that you are the unworthy adulterer who needed mercy not the sinless Christ who could have stood in condemnation. May the love and unmerited mercy Christ has shown us spill over into our love for others. That will help end the scourge of abortion in our communities and on our nation.
Abortion is not going to end because President Obama or the Supreme Court says enough is enough—abortion will end when the Body of Christ wins the battle one heart, one family, one block, one neighborhood at at time.