Sep 19, 2014


Lecrae and Lost Students

Brian Zunigha, director of Christian Challenge at Cal Baptist, talks about how Lecrae’s appearance on The Tonight Show should remind students to be faithful in their everyday evangelism.

I don’t typically watch The Tonight Show but I didn’t want to miss what I considered to be a monumental event in the history of the Church. I couldn’t remember Christian hip-hop getting a stage like that, and I was excited about what this meant for the future of Christianity within American culture. It felt like Christianity was being validated and encouraged by our culture on national TV. Christian music was “cool” for the first time I could remember. To say I was excited would be an understatement.

No, I’m not talking about Lecrae’s recent performance. I’m talking about DC Talk, on the Tonight Show, over 20 years ago. Yes, we’ve been here before and we must resist the temptation to expect more from these anomalies than they can deliver. After DC Talk’s performance, nothing changed in any of my friends’ lives because a Christian message was presented in a “cool” context. There still needed to be personal conversations about the gospel. And after Lecrae’s performance, nothing will change for students on your campus unless they hear the gospel.

Reaching the lost isn’t a “David representing our army against Goliath” kind of thing. To advance the gospel, we can’t just point to someone and tell our friends, “What he said!” Yet so often that’s what we try to do. A. T. Pierson, a popular preacher a century ago talked about outsourcing evangelism. In his book “Evangelistic Work in Principle and Practice” he says,

“The spirit of indifferentism is still abroad in the Church. What most of us do to save the heathen at home or abroad, we do by proxy. We substitute for our own individual, personal work, other men and at best our money.”

What Lecrae did on the Tonight Show was great. Boldly representing Christ is what we all should do on a daily basis. But the lost students around you probably didn’t see him, and even if they did, they probably didn’t fully catch the Gospel from what they heard. Not because he did anything wrong, but because God typically works through individuals communicating the Gospel to others in personal conversation.

We should be excited about seeing a talented follower of Christ in the public sphere. We should be equally excited about proclaiming Christ in our personal relationships. We all have an audience that needs the Gospel. It’s not yet time to “drop the mic.”

So what are some ways you could use Lecrae’s television appearance as an opportunity to share Christ personally with others on your campus?

about the author

Brian Zunigha

Brian planted and leads Christian Challenge at California Baptist University. He is a passionate missions mobilizer and speaker for collegiate ministry events.