Grammy nominated rapper Flame stopped by BREATHEcast to discuss his new album Forward. In an intimate interview on BC NEWS he boldly spoke of God's truth and offered advice to Christians who want to stay relevant in a secularized American culture.
The Saint Louis native does shy away from speaking the truth of his religious convictions in his eighth album Forward. SPEC, JR and GROC produced the album and Flame wrote all 13 songs. Watch our full interview with Flame below:
"As we examine what's going on in the progressively secularizing American culture the Christian has to think clearly about how are we gonna navigate, how we're going to exist in today's times, how we're going to engage culture without losing the gospel," the rapper said.
The Clear Sight Music founder mentioned that his song "First freedom" talks about the importance of fighting for religious freedom.
"What we see now happening in American culture is that there is a lot of push back on religious liberty and in particular it affects the Christian because of our consciences, the way we're informed about certain things. We just can't relinquish the grip of scripture; we can't relinquish God's mindset behind issues concerning sexuality, human dignity and human rights. These things we have to fight for and be an agent in the culture to restrain evil."
A definite stand out song on the album "Know The Times" was inspired from the biblical account found in 1 Chronicles 12:32 in which the sons of Issachar were mentioned as people who understood the times they were in. Flame stated that growing up in the hood and understanding the violent culture of drill music influenced some of the things he spoke of in the song.
"I know how the culture leads the young people to think a certain way about life about manhood, womanhood, sexuality, and politics. The Christian has to be aware so that we can be proactive about reaching the younger generation and helping them understand..." he noted.
Flame also opened up about the Christian company that refused to serve a wedding cake for a Gay wedding, Ferguson Baltimore, and Charleston. Mentioning that each one of these cases is important to the believer.
"The church, we have to be aware but we have to still learn how to still love on people we can't be mean, we have to be kind, we have to explain to them God's mind, we have to bring a Christian vision of reality to bat so that they can understand why we feel the way we feel, what we believe and why we believe it," he continued, "It's not that we're being mean, or strange, or weird. It's actually because we love and we want to say the things that are most helpful to help society flourish."
The Louisville's Southern Seminary student said he doesn't want to just talk about the celebration of Christianity in his music but also wants to shed light on the hard things that are happening in the world.
"Even in world culture there's a lot of pressure being put on the Christian whether it's from organizations like ISIS or any type of terrorist group," he declared, "God is in control. We don't have to panic, we don't have to fear. This is nothing new; we shouldn't be surprised when we're faced with various temptations and trials. So did our Lord and so did the brothers and sisters before us."
The dove award winner explained that in Forward he mentions things that happened throughout history to encourage the people today to keep pressing on.
"I just want you to know God loves you. Him and his ways are better not only do they save up from his anger or his wrath they save us from millions of regrets," he concluded.
Listen to Flame spit one of the verses off of his new album below and purchase your copy of Forward HERE.