In his popular song Good, Bad, Ugly, Lecrae did something unprecedented- he addressed the issue of physical abuse. He writes,
I remember back in the day
I was barely in the first grade
Got teeth mission’
Watchin’ Tom & Jerry
Tryna go outside so I can play
I was told to watch out for strangers
Keep my eyes peeled for danger
Folks workin’ late I had a baby sitter
I ain’t ’bout to sit here and name her
I was almost 8 when she came in late
Woke me up with a game to play
Did a few things that’s hard to say
And told me to keep that secret safe
Now how a young boy supposed to deal
I’m tryna act like it ain’t real
Had my innocence just stripped from me
And I still don’t know how to feel
And I wonder how to address it
Can’t tell my family too messy
So I just embrace it it’s hard to face it
I’m too ashamed to confess it
So I kept it in and ain’t speak
Didn’t think it hit me so deep
So into it I got promiscuous
And only God could help me get freeGood, Bad, Ugly by Lecrae
At a young age, Lecrae Devaughn Moore, popularly known as Lecrae, was sexually abused by a babysitter. Now, years later, he addresses this issue both in interviews, songs, and his popular book “Unashamed”. In it, he tells the story of his abuse, which later lead up to promiscuity at the age of fifteen.
This promiscuity continued into Lecrae’s college life, where he remained an unbeliever. Attempting to get a degree in the Arts, he later changed majors several times. Finally, after years of fighting God, he discovered Him.
The fantastic story of Lecrae’s conversion began at a Bible study, where he was constantly influence of his Christian friends. Finally, he was confronted by two people- his pastor, and another pastor that preached a rougher message of Faith. This preacher, Pastor White, gave a message that rang with Lecrae. He said that Jesus wasn’t someone weak and frail, but a man of strength and endurance. Immediately, Lecrae’s perspective of Jesus was being confronted.
Finally, the last blow came- the pastor began talking about sexual purity. Pastor White read from 1 Corinthians 6:20: “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are God’s.” (English Standard Version)
These words were the final piece to the puzzle. Lecrae repented and turned to the Lord. Although the next year was the worst and most difficult of his young life, he had found peace.
Lecrae’s story is far from complete. This is an extremely watered-down version, and if you wish to read more, buy Lecrae’s book Unashamed. Well worth the price, the book is a fantastic and life-changing read.
But what does this show? Firstly, we see that Lecrae’s abuse at an early age shaped him into a promiscuous, drug-addicted man with no ties to Christianity save those of his grandmother. Secondly, we see that for even the worst of sinners, there is forgiveness. Now, Lecrae is a Billboard-topping, Grammy-winning rapper with a fantastic testimony. And, finally, we see hope. Lecrae concludes his song with these lines.
But I been forgiven
My Savior risen
I’m out the prison
I know that
I got the power to say to no to all of my struggles
God will control that
Every time we slip and we fall
Gotta get back up and fight on
We are not defined by our past
The future look bright
I see the light onGood, Bad, Ugly by Lecrae
As he says, the future is bright. Sexual abuse is far more common than we might think. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in every 4 girls and 1 in every 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. This statistic is mind boggling. If you took a group of 100 average kids, half being boys and half being girls, you would find approximately 20 combined boys and girls that had been sexually abused.
As Lecrae’s story shows, sexual abuse victims often find themselves addicted to the horrors that they received. However, hope is not gone. God’s Word reigns true and it tells us that all who accept God and repent will be saved. Every effort must be put into reaching those that have been abused at a young age.
And, if you’re the one that’s been abused, you should know something: it’s not your fault. While still responsible for your own actions, you are not responsible for the actions of others. God loves you! There is grace for you. You are loved by Him, and you can still remain in Him.
If you know someone who has been abused, do not hesitate to reach out. Whether it’s through simple kindness, conversation, or even sharing your testimony, you can make a difference in that person’s life. If it weren’t for Pastor White, Lecrae would have never come to the Lord, and then we wouldn’t have his excellent music. Reach out and touch people, but in the best way- with Jesus and His sacrifice.
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