Lecrae’s Arresting Call to Serve Christ

By   •   August 24, 2010

Growing up on the south side of Houston, Lecrae Moore was raised by a single mother and heavily influenced by relatives who were gang members. “I was brought up in hip-hop culture, and I idolized my uncles, who were involved in gangs. I even wanted every tattoo those uncles had. I just sat on their laps and soaked it all in.”

As a teen, he was imitating the life his early influences lived before him. Still, he knew something was missing. He kept a Bible in his car as what he calls at that time of his life “a good luck charm.” As it turns out, “luck” couldn’t protect him from getting caught in possession of drugs.

A Merciful Moment

The police officer who arrested him saw the Bible in his car, and asked Lecrae if he knew what that Book is all about. Lecrae replied that he didn’t know, but that he knew he needed to understand. The officer let him go, if he promised to spend some time in the Bible.

Lecrae held up his end of the deal.

“I never wanted to get into that kind of trouble again,” said Lecrae, who has performed at many “Rock” youth evangelism events for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

At the encouragement of a Christian leader, he attended a conference and heard what Jesus Christ had done for him on the cross. Thus began the transformation in his life as he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.

Hearing God’s Call

With a talent already intact, Lecrae began freestyle rapping after Bible studies. Encouraged by his community of believers, he took his gift to the juvenile detention centers to minister to the residents. He later performed at BGEA’s Rock the River Tour West, where he became more passionate than ever about sharing the message that saved his life.

“It is very humbling that I get to do this, and I don’t want to get used to it,” he said at the time. “People are hungering and thirsting for something. I want to serve them with quality music, and more importantly, deliver a message that will challenge and inspire change in their lives.”

The most crucial thing he says he does to prepare for an event like Rock the River in St. Louis (2009) or Rock the Range in Denver (2011) is to pray and focus on the Scriptures. “I spend time in prayer and meditate on God’s truth, and allow that truth to penetrate my heart. If I don’t believe it can change anyone, they are just empty words.”

Although he is well regarded as one of the premier Christian rap artists, he does not forget the depths from which God brought him.

“I have to remember what God did for me. He loved me when I was unlovable. I feel fortunate to have a huge family that extends beyond race and culture. Now, I also have a Father who shepherds us all. When I think about that, it blows my mind. There’s nothing like it.”

Lecrae and Michael W. Smith in Haiti

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22 Comments

  1. liezl says:

    God bless your ministry.

  2. Rose says:

    Thank God for youth like you. Our sons and daughters need to hear music that has a real meaning. Praise God for what you are doing. God bless you and I pray you will bring a lot of youngsters to Christ. We need more young men like you.

  3. DIANA says:

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND THANKS FOR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.YOU'RE AWESOME

  4. Patti says:

    Love to hear what God does for the young. Makes me very happy!!!!

  5. joedavid says:

    its so rewarding seeing a young man that has turned his life around and is carrying that message to other young people. Because of your talent and you have been where a lot of young folks are they will listen and a lot will be saved, I have hardly ever liked Rap but am so inspired by this young mans bravery in taking the word of the Lord and transforming it into an environment you think it wouldn't fit is like a true miracle, having contact with young people they always wanna change my radio channel. I'm gonna buy some of his music for those young people to listen to, so that they will know even in the world of rap or hip hop, God has reached. There are no boundries to which the word will be limited, God Bless

  6. lillie says:

    WOW!! Praise GOD..He is soo amazing..Bless you brother!!

  7. Michelle says:

    Thank you!!! I am so grateful for Christian rappers. My kids and I can listen and be encouraged and built up by their lyrics. Keep the faith and speaking the truth of Jesus.

  8. Tammy says:

    Very inspiring to know my son, who loves rap music, can listen to Lacrae and others in the Christain rap field and go through his day with a positive message stuck in his head instead of a very bad one. Thank you for doing what you do.

  9. Tammy says:

    PRAISE GOD!! I think what you are doing is AWESOME! I have a 14 year old boy that loves Rap. It is hard to find music for teenagers these days that doesn't contain explicit content. God Bless you and your journey.

  10. tshepo says:

    It's good that rap music can be incoporated into christianity thanks to artists such as Lecrae.