I found this video to be quite insightful, but I wanted to hear more. From my perspective, this is the strength and weakness of this discussion. Eric Mason is one of the leaders behind The Resurgence, which sprang up from Mark Driscoll’s Seattle-based ministry, Mars Hill Church. The Resurgence brings together a team of evangelical leaders to provide resources for pastors, ministers, and church planters. Mason leads his own church in Philadelphia called Epiphany Fellowship. Reformed rap artists, Trip Lee and Lecrae, join Pastor Mason in chronicling their journey from non-Reformed beginnings into a more Reformed view of the scriptures. In the case of Trip Lee, he is actually attending Boyce College as he pursues a career in the ministry.
Apparently, Reformed theology within the African-American community is highly volatile subject, but it is largely unknown to ethnic outsiders. The silence on this subject raises questions about my own involvement or lack thereof with my brothers and sisters in Christ, who are African-American. For my part, I am pleased to see three grown men of God explore ways to bring the gospel into their churches and social contexts. One of the men recounts an interaction with a fellow African-American about Jesus, the gospel and Christianity. The initial response was that Christianity was a white man’s religion. I say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, but is that really how others see it? This is by no means the end of this discussion. It is only a beginning. Something tells me that men like Mason, Trip Lee and Lecrae are sorely needed to raise this issue in intelligent ways.