Music & Culture
Rapper “Game” Depicts Our Father as a Gangster
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 5, 2012
This story makes me so sad. Rapper Jayceon “Game” Taylor has a new album coming out before the end of the year. And the cover is an image of our Lord Jesus Christ depicted as a gangster.
I’m calling [my new album] ‘Jesus Piece’ ’cause last year in August I got baptized and so I’ve been going to church, but I still been kinda doing me out here. 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 (Jayceon “Game” Taylor, Jenny Boom Boom, Radio).
While we all should feel joy that Taylor was baptized and wants to be a Christian, I can’t help but be disappointed that he feels he doesn’t have to give up his vices to follow Christ.
And it’s not that he’s having a difficult time giving up those vices. It’s that he doesn’t intend on giving them up. Rather than changing himself to fit Christ’s standards, he’s trying to fit Christ into his world. In other words, he’s trying to make Christ worldly, instead of removing himself from all that is worldly. And this mentality is clearly reflected in his image of Christ as a gangster.
Taylor is not holding Christ up in reverence, as he should. He’s pulling Christ down to his level, as if to say, “I will listen to your Word, but You need to live in my life if we’re going to make this relationship work.” But there’s no compromise when following Christ. You either do or you don’t.
I find Taylor’s attitude arrogant and damaging. He doesn’t seem to understand who Christ is. Although he was baptized, he never fully accepted Christ into his heart. He hasn’t accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. How do I know? Because if he had, he’d never have disrespected Christ in such a sinful way. It just wouldn’t have felt right to him.
You want to believe in God, but you don’t want to be criticized and ridiculed by people who think that they’re better than you. I don’t want to feel like I can’t love God or appreciate Jesus and have to put down that blunt. I want to smoke, maybe shower up, then go to church. Get the word, walk out of church, maybe smoke again, maybe hit up a strip club or two and do me, but I don’t want to be ridiculed (Jayceon “Game” Taylor, Rap-Up TV).
Now, I’m sure I’m going to get some heat for this post–I’ll be accused of being judgmental, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. You know how you have to defend a friend, or a sibling, or a parent when someone else disrespects them? Well, God is my Father, and I don’t take it lightly when He’s disrespected.
While I’m glad that Taylor found God, I pray he learns who He is and what He has done for each and every one of us. I also pray that he comes to understand that God has expectations of us, and when we choose to follow Him, we don’t make the rules on how to do that. When we choose to follow God, we do so under His conditions.
God gave up His son. Christ gave up His life. But Taylor can’t give up smoking pot and strip clubs?
Baptism is great, but it’s only the first step. And listening to the Word means nothing if you don’t take it with you, live it and share it.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).
PI ladies, how do you feel about Taylor’s depiction of your Father? If you could sit down with him, what would you say?