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Lecrae puts the hook in the mouth with “Welcome To America”

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By Eric Blauer

Lecrae casts out some razor sharp cultural critiques in this provocative song that is sung from three perspectives: a gangster, a soldier, and an illegal immigrant.

The issues of drugs and violence, war and immigration that Lecrae raps about are hot button issues in our cultural conversations. I think he shuffles them around lyrically in this song in a way that can get past the typical political and religious defenses and get a fair hearing.

To me this is a precision example of how a Christian can speak to the culture without speaking down to the culture. It embodies the justice oriented spirit of the prophets but is accessible to those familiar with this type of musical style and voice.

No matter what you think the answers to these problems are, I am sure you can agree he baits the problems with mainstream skill.

I think there’s enough in this song to hook anyone in the mouth and hopefully the struggle to get that hook out, will hurt enough to change the way we think about what is going on in America.

You can see him perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with audio cuts from Martin Luther King Jr here.

 

About Eric Blauer

I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

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