By EEW Magazine Editors
Jesus has been mischaracterized throughout history. His name has been defamed and many individuals have disrespected Christ and what He stands for. As empowered Christian women, we’re used to that, but brace yourself for this latest offense which comes in the form of an album cover released from rapper, “The Game.”
The project titled “Je5us Piece,” with the number 5 being a well-known symbol of the Bloods, promotes gang violence with Jesus at the center of it. There are also marijuana leaves on either side of Jesus’ head, glorifying drug use to an entire generation of impressionable young men and women who embrace The Game’s music. To add insult to injury, the defamed Jesus is sporting a gold Jesus piece he's pointing to with his nailed-scarred hands.
So what exactly is The Game, real name, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, trying to convey with this bandana-wearing, weed-loving Jesus?
It’s hard to tell with so many opposing symbols and such a convoluted message, but we’ll take a stab at it.
Recently, The Game told the media that he was baptized last year by Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California. During that conversation, the rapper admitted that he found it very difficult to let go of his old lifestyle, even though he regards himself a Christian.
He told Vibe Magazine, “I’m a Christian but I’m not ‘holier than thou. Je5us Piece gives me an opportunity to speak about situations that people like me who love God but are still street and still wanna remain themselves…”
The conflicted rapper admits "I still love the strip club and I still smoke and drink. I'm faithful to my family, so I wanted to make an album where you could love God and be of God, but still get it poppin' in your life."
With that sort of perspective, it may be that his intent is not to disrespect Jesus Christ, but to depict a “hood Savior” that a young man like him would be more comfortable embracing.
But a picture with images that represent things that clearly defy what Christ stands for does not make it okay to live a deviant lifestyle. No amount of confessing salvation and professing love for Christ can validate a wild lifestyle diametrically opposed to the holiness the word of God requires for every Believer.
Some of the controversial rapper’s fans see the cover as something done for shock value. Others see it as sacrilegious and are speaking out strongly against it. Still others actually applaud The Game for his creativity.
So in what context should an empowered Christian woman view this offensive album cover? Let the word of God be your guide.
2 Timothy 3 is a great scripture to sum up what we’re seeing here with the release of The Game’s album cover.
Verses 1-6 in the NIV translation say:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
The Bible predicts such foolishness and debauchery, and we should not be surprised.
What are your thoughts on The Game’s album cover? Do you think it’s sacrilegious or just done for shock value?