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Lecrae Lost a Tour Date After Criticizing ‘Gentrified, Politicized’ Churches

A couple weeks ago, Lecrae tweeted that “Once upon a time I thought I was done with Christianity. But the reality was I was just done with the institutional, corporatized, gentrified, politicized, culturally exclusive version of it.” If you’ve been following Lecrae’s career, it’s not the most surprising take. He’s been extremely open in interviews (including interviews with this very outlet) about his frustrations with the gulf between what many churches say they believe and how they actually act. And as if to underscore his point, Lecrae tweeted a few days later that a venue had canceled a planned tour date over the tweet.

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Lecrae hasn’t opened up about who canceled, although he said other venues in the area stepped up to host him after the original location fell through. “I think people have a lot of assumptions about me,” he told The Christian Post. “Really it’s been rumors. (But) you can definitely reach out to me for clarification.”

Lecrae’s had to fend controversy in the past for frankly addressing racism in the Church on social media, in interviews and in songs like “Deep End.” He’s taken heat from conservative commentators like Charlie Kirk, who told a California church that “In my personal opinion, [Lecrae] should never be allowed to perform at another church.” But he’s also drawn an enormous amount of support from people who are encouraged to see him address serious issues in the American Church.

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