- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In order to foster racial reconciliation, the church in America needs to admits it “sees through a glass dimly” on racial issues, rap artist Propaganda — born Jason Emmanuel Petty — said in an interview now airing on Christian streaming network the Dove Channel.

“I kind of think we could stand to be a little more honest about our shortcomings, our mistakes, our failures… and be willing to say like the Scripture says, I see through a glass dimly,” Mr. Petty told Christian journalist and Dove Channel “Frankly Faraci” host Matthew Faraci.

The attitude Christians should have, he added, is, “I don’t have this figured out. I’m running at the cross just like you are. I am not what I want to be.”

In earlier interviews, Mr. Petty has similarly spoken about racial reconciliation in the church and how cultural assumptions and prejudices can cloud Christians from looking clearly at issues related towards biblically-based reconciliation.

“Let’s not just go find black things to put into a white structure, let’s look at the structure,” he said in a 2016 interview with Relevant magazine, reported hip-hop website Rapzilla. “I think when you do that as a church and say, ‘How much of our ecclesiology is really just Victorian or Greek rather than truly biblical?’ that that opens the door for the church to really start stepping toward reconciliation.”

In his Dove Channel interview, Mr. Petty suggested that regardless of one’s race, the Christian faith teaches that everyone fundamentally has the same problem and needs the same Savior.

“I think that if we could as a body just kind of like, just kind of embrace like, what the cross says about us,” Mr. Petty told Dove Channel’s Mr. Faraci, “which is the cross says about us is that you’re hopeless.”

“The worst thing anybody can say to you is not worse than what the cross says, which is, you’re hopeless. There’s nothing you can do about you.”

In addition to racial reconciliation within the church in America, Mr. Petty explained his philosophy about art and cultural change.

“I’m not the artist, I’m the canvas…. The Lord’s the artist… I got to be who I am, I got to be what He made me,” Mr. Petty said, adding that it was a “culture-shaping” perspective.

“The fountainhead of culture is like virtue, so if you have virtuous men and women… at the mouth of the river of culture, then downstream, politics, music, and stuff like that, education, all that changes down there,” he added.

“My attitude is how can I shape this up here? What can I throw into the river up there that when it gets downstream… I can look back and be like, I may not have any plaques on my wall, but, I tell you what, that’s my plaque: the fact that like this law is now passed or this institution is this, you know, you see what I’m saying.”

The Propaganda interview and the entire first season of “Frankly Faraci” can be seen on YouTube as well as the Dove Channel’s app on streaming video via platforms such as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Prime.

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