The DMX rapper took to Instagram this weekend to share “something personal” – his faith. The rapper hosted a Bible study for followers on Instagram Live, reading Ecclesiastes on Friday night.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, first teased the livestream in an Instagram video, saying it “feels like it’s time to share something personal – live.” Fans were initially confused by what he meant, with some voicing concerns in the comments. But at 7 p.m. that night, DMX went live on Instagram and showed fans what he meant.
“A time to cry, a time to laugh, a time to cry and a time to dance, a time to throw stones, a time to kiss and a time to avoid hugs,” the rapper read in his Bible. during the livestream. The last line made him think. “A time to kiss and a time to avoid hugs,” he repeated – a fitting line for this unprecedented period of social distancing.
Over 14,000 people watched the livestream, which appears to have been shown in the backyard of DMX. Many fans recorded the Bible reading and shared clips on social media afterwards. “Who knew reading the Bible in DMX was exactly what I needed right now,” journalist Phil Lewis tweeted, sharing a snippet of the stream.
“That DMX clip… a full face and clear eyes… sharing the Word. It made me so happy,” said another. tweeted. “He says he has felt called to the ministry for some time (which I think is not surprising). I am delighted that he is in a good position and seeks to help others find a good one. square.”
In 2016, The Christian Post reported that the rapper opened up about his vocation to be a pastor during an interview with the Breakfast Club. “It’s definitely the final destination. Or, a destination. You never know how far God will allow me to go or how many people He will allow me to reach,” the rapper said on the radio. “Before I go on stage, I pray that I can touch one person. If I can only touch one person, then I’ve done something wonderful with my life, not just that moment.”
According to ET.
The 49-year-old has also released several songs about his faith, including “Jesus Loves Me”. In the 2008 track, he raps: “Jesus loves me, yes I know / Because the Bible tells me so (and I believe it in my soul).”
So while his faith should come as no surprise, it’s not yet clear if he intends to make virtual Bible readings a regular feature on his social media.