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*Houston hip-hop artist Lecrae never censors his spirituality, and frequently raps about faith, race and cultural change. In an essay penned for Billboard, the Christian rapper let his thoughts flow about the country’s current state of turmoil following the police involved deaths of two black men: Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Lecrae, whose album “Anomaly” debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, hit up Instagram last Thursday to criticize his Christian fans who accuse him of spreading a “divisive message” and ask him to “just stick to the gospel.”

“True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken…” he wrote in a post. “Christians saying that ‘preaching the gospel is all we need’ ignores how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems.

“If you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now,” he continued. “This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you.”

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