Michael Peace

Michael Peace Tells Story of Leading an Altar Call in a Detroit Public School

We spoke to one of the pioneers of Christian Rap – Michael Peace, at the Mic Drop premiere in Tulsa, OKC.

After explaining how he performed for free throughout his career. He was asked about campaigning for social issues in an era where people said “just give me Jesus in my music.” Peace provided an example of his ministry working with inner-city kids at schools.

He had just given a performance and a message at a public school in Detroit. In his set, he didn’t mention scripture or Jesus specifically, but he essentially unfolded the whole gospel message in front of the crowd. He said the kids were feeling it too. This was how he was able to perform in public schools, prisons, and gangs.

Back then, he said, over 90% of his audiences were not Believers.

Peace said the principal came up in front of the whole school and said, “You gave a really good story but you missed out on one piece.” The rapper was unsure of where she was going with this statement. “You didn’t give anyone a chance to give their life to Jesus so they can be like you are.”

His eyes lit up, “okay!” Peace now had the green light with witness to these kids in a more impactful way.

He went back on stage in front of 800 students, did the sinner’s prayer, and gave an altar call. 150 kids came up and received Jesus.

Just like much of the music today, he said in the 80s, while the songs weren’t as raunchy or sometimes hopeless as today, the songs didn’t offer any resolution.

Melle Mel rapped the words of “The Message” – “it’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder” and while the song painted a dark and grimy picture of NYC living at that time, there was nothing at the end of the track that said, “here’s how we get out.”

“‘The Message’ had no message.”

He explained that he could walk outside his front door and see everything being spoken about in the song but there was no hope of Jesus.

“Give me something to sink my teeth into,” said Peace.

When he worked with the gangs and in prisons, he’d have the visualization of “The Message” but at the end, he’d say, “I have an answer for all that.”

Watch Michael Peace Below (4:03 mark):

Justin Sarachik

Written by Justin Sarachik

Justin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rapzilla.com. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has written or edited for Relevant, Christian Post, BREATHEcast, CCM, Broken Records Magazine, & more. He also likes to work with indie artists to develop their brands & marketing strategies. Catch him interviewing artists on Survival of the Artist Podcast.

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