(This is our cultural analysis in response to the NCFIC Panel, "The Worship of God Q&A: Holy Hip Hop." We suggest watching the video first, if you haven't already.)
UPDATE: (12/5/13) Several of the men on the above panel have issued apologies. Their comments can be found here, here and here.
To our dear brothers and sisters,
Our culture — within and outside of the Church — will always misunderstand your Kingdom work ... at this, you must not be dismayed.
You know better than anyone that we are in the midst of a devastating cultural crisis, a cancer that is destroying souls in our community. This cultural cancer doesn't discriminate by socioeconomic class or by color, but merely takes different manifestations according to the hopelessness that festers in each of the despairing.
We have seen the rise of ghetto nihilism, Wall Street nihilism, government nihilism, Hollywood nihilism, gender nihilism, and on and on. Many of our self-appointed cultural gatekeepers are exploiting this crisis for personal gain, instituting programs and legislation that promise satisfaction, yet work against the liberating biblical principles we seek to teach.
For those who live and work in our most hopeless areas, be it in the city, the 'hood,' or in the 'burbs, it sometimes seems as if the deck is stacked against our Kingdom work. And so, we carefully count each hard-won victory as precious Kingdom treasure — each life saved, each family mended, each young woman or man who comes to see themselves a bit more clearly through Christ’s eyes, know Him more intimately, and find their ultimate identity in Him.
Thanks to your labor, God is not without human testimony. Daily, for decades, you have been used to breathe new life into dry bones. Yours has been a powerful and refreshing voice of redemption and cultural renewal.
Now, a new set of self-appointed gatekeepers has emerged who are out of touch with our most basic core concerns.