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Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
As featured on K-Love 96.7 FM in NYC, Carmen Sanchez was interviewed regarding The Elements Scholarship Fund.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
"There has to be an engagement of hip-hop that doesn't just treat hip-hop
as an enemy." - Efrem Smith, The Hip Hop Church
as an enemy." - Efrem Smith, The Hip Hop Church
Let me frame this post around this... if you don't believe anything I say, put your opinions to rest for a while and read a book! Here are a few authors you can begin with, Efrem Smith, Phil Jackson, John Teter, Ralph C. Watkins, Nelson George or Tommy Kyllonen.
I've been involved in Gospel / Holy Hip Hop for almost 20 years now. I've been an artist, event coordinator, ministry leader, cd outlet owner, writer, editor and now pastor who is part of the culture. Like KRS-One said, "I am hip-hop."
Some say that hip-hop was created by the devil. That it is an evil culture. That it is rooted in demonic influences. Many have made a name for themselves by saying that God doesn't embrace things that have a corrupt origin. What they fail to recognize is that there is not ONE SINGLE CULTURE on this planet that was not birthed from pagan beliefs. Read up on the origins of various cultures of Europe...Jesus wasn't a part of the equation. Our own American culture was born out of paganism and slavery. Even the Jewish culture had it's origins in paganism and what we've come to know as satanic rituals. Like my friend T. C. said the other day, "Haven't they heard of Ur?"
Using this logic, "you can't be a part of anything that was created in evil," I wouldn't be able to enjoy the culture of my island. I wouldn't be able to even use my people's language. You cannot go on using this logic...because it's flawed. And I haven't even mentioned how the devil is the creator of nothing!!! He doesn't create, he usurps and twists things around in order to steal what was never his in the first place.
I am extremely concerned when I hear those who claim to be a part of the culture use these very terms to describe it. EVERY culture on the planet comes out of a non-Christian world view yet...you only hear "evil" ascribed to the hip-hop culture. Why is that the case when again, using this flawed logic, you could drop the "evil" tag on everything...yet we only hear it slapped on to the hip-hop culture?
A few years ago a friend shared a conversation he had with a Christian rapper. This rapper had been ministering for years and now refused to use the term hip-hop but only used the word "rap" to describe anything he did. He was also using some rock music for some of his songs because "hip-hop is not of God." The conversation ended when my friend asked this rapper, "I guess you never heard of sex, drugs and rock and roll, huh?"
Stop slapping the demonic tag onto things you're afraid of! Many times, when we see something happening in our world, instead of addressing it, we as a church shy away from it. We demonize it because we don’t really understand it. We become stagnant and comfortable with our church folks and forget about those in our own communities who are dying. For years the church has ignored the hip-hop culture. Let's engage in conversations with respect, love and humility, but let's also engage in conversations with the understanding and real belief "that we've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. I thank God that He is the only judge, that no one I know can judge me because I'd be in hell already because I am hip-hop!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
|Getting the cuffs put on and lead to bus.|
So first things first...I am home, safe and sound and a bit exhausted as I write this as soon as I could after getting home from the 41st Precinct. The next thing you should know is that I send out MAJOR prayers and big ups to the officers from the 41st Precinct who handled us with care and love and understanding. We know they were just doing their jobs and all, but the truth is they were truly all a blessing to us, every one of them. I got to personally interact with several officers and found myself face to face with people I know and love...they were us, from our own communities and hoods. Some were Marine veterans. Some were mothers or fathers. Some came from church backgrounds and one officer had one more year on the job. Thank you 41st Precinct and all the officers at the rally, from top to bottom, for your service to our community! Our prayers are always with you and all your brothers and sisters in blue.
So, on to the rally. I got there very early, not by design but by chance, as I left all my travel directions home...I was scared I'd get lost! But God has been restoring my memory and I remembered my train and bus route and I got to the rally early, before there was even a designated meeting place. So I walked around the school (a very long walk lol) and prayed, alone, asking for God to move in a special way today. Quiet time with God is so good.
When I returned to the front where all the police activity was taking place, an officer saw my collar, yes...I wore the minister's collar...and asked if I was “there for the protest?" I said yes and she directed me to a corner where we would be meeting. Once I got there, there was a whirlwind of activity as pastors, lawyers, civic leaders, politicians and lay people of all kinds showed up.
|Pastor Sign In Table|
Once all the introductions were done, we were gathered to a barricaded space, and we began praying and singing songs like Amazing Grace, said the pledge of allegiance...with the "under God" portion IN it, and had various politicians share a few words. And then...it was on!
We moved in waves toward Morris High School. First wave was a bunch of pastors and leaders I know and love. Mentors and icons of the faith as well as emerging leaders. Not seeing what happened to the 1st wave, I lined up for the 2nd wave and I look to my left and my right, the brothers whose arms I was locked with, and found myself arm-in-arm with young men. Not clergy, not pastors, but young men who believe in the cause. I almost began to cry. However, as we moved and I wondered what would happen, I have to be honest, I began to breath heavy, as my heart rate shot up and my blood pumped super quickly. Let me make one thing clear…I was not scared, I was excited for this to happen. So I had to slow them down, they were almost walking too fast for a protest, and I took some deep breaths as we began to just call on Jesus’ name. Then as the police approached us, one of the young men said out loud, “Let’s kneel.” And our wave kneeled down to pray for a moment. The police then did their jobs and we were cuffed and lead to the police bus.
|About to be taken to precinct...they took the mug shots here!|
So what got my heart so open and joyous? Here’s a list:
1. Young people joined in this rally. Students! To see young people moved by the heart of God to do something so radical is crazy encouraging! God is radical and the future of the church, in the hands of these young men and women, will be to continue to move by His spirit!
2. Older people joined in this rally! From elder statesmen (names removed to protect the innocent) to grandmothers. People of all ages were represented!
3. Sitting in that bus, handcuffed, with my shoulders feeling as if they were going to pop out of their sockets, I couldn’t help but think about the Civil Rights Movement and how they paved a way for us in this country to act out of our convictions in civil disobedience. We even sang “We Shall Overcome” in honor of Dr. King’s upcoming birthday!
4. As mentioned before, the police officers who were obviously ONLY doing their jobs and sympathized with us on every level also treated us with respect and dignity even as they arrested us. They explained everything and even made adjustments to cuffs that were killing circulation. Plus, at least for myself, I got to speak with some of them on a very real, one-to-one level, learning about their lives on the job and off. Former marines, married men and women, even one who had one year on the job and is hoping to finish his career healthy and safe. We were allowed to pray for the officers who were on our bus and they were all silent as we lifted up prayers on their behalf. God protect these civil servants and draw them to YOU!
|A bunch of activists for Christ!|
Thank you brethren for loving Jesus and His church so much that you would put yourselves in harm’s way. Let’s continue to do His work on this earth as we move and breathe as His hands and feet…the only visible mark on this planet that there even IS a church! WE are the church!
Until the next rally, much luv and blessings,
Pastor Efrain Alicea
Arrested for the cause of Christ!
BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY COVENANT PASTORS, MICHAEL CARRION AND JOSE HUMPHREYS...GREAT DOING TIME WITH YALL!!! "my whole crew.......keepin it gangsta!" LOL
PS...more pics on Facebook page!
|Can you spot the Covenant Pastors?|
PS...more pics on Facebook page!
This is me after the release!