Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday; it’s kind of a big deal for the kingdom of God. We obviously celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on this day. It’s really important to us.
So imagine my frustration when I see multiple news outlets report that the book of Genesis has been rewritten to replace every instance of the word “God,” with “Kanye.” Yes, Kanye, as in Kanye West the rapper who has had his fair share of controversies when it comes to how he treats religion. It is incredibly blasphemous. The book is titled “The Book of Yeezus.” I know what you’re thinking: He couldn’t possibly have the audacity to do that? That question cannot be answered right now, because West hasn’t publicly acknowledge the book.
The Book of Yeezus is being sold by Channel222 on Etsy, and in the description it states:
“What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like?”
It also says:
“At its simplest, it is the book of Genesis, modified to feature ‘Kanye’ or ‘Yeezus’ in the place of God or Y—A. ‘In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.’”
It stings knowing that news of it released on Resurrection Sunday of all days! It also hurts because I know just how much of a hold that the hip-hop world has on the younger generation. Even I myself am a part of that culture. Sure, hip-hop might have urban overtones, but it’s not just the urban youth who are impacted by this.
Hip-hop has a worldwide reach.
I cringe at the thought of some young teen picking up that book and reading it with every mention of our creator replaced with a person like Kanye who seems to care mostly about himself and has been known to disrespect God on a number of occasions. Yes, he wrote “Jesus Walks,” and I honestly have no problems with that song, but that’s just one song. Nothing else he’s done has convinced me to have an ounce of faith that he walks with Christ.
When it comes to the creators of this book, they are fools. They think this is a joke, and that this is a “cultural phenomenon.” This is not a game. They have made a mockery of the word of God. I just hope God will have mercy on them.
I’ll end this by quoting the real Bible.
“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” James 1:26