Rapper DMX has hosted a Bible study on Instagram Live, with many tuning in to receive some hope at this uncertain time.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, used the time to recite a passage from Ecclesiastes, highlighting a link between one of the verses and the mandate to engage in social distancing measures.
Ecclesiastes 3:5 reads that there is “a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.”
“What?!” DMX said, clearly startled by the apt words. “Come on.”
Speaking into the current lockdown situation, the rapper added: “At the end of the day, at the beginning of the day, it’s going to be God’s will. If you try to understand why He does what He does, you’re just going to end up with a headache. Just do the right thing.”
DMX has spoken openly about his faith in recent years. In 2012, the multi-award-winning artist announced that he intended on entering the ministry. He soon became a transitional deacon in the Christian Church and hopes to progress into a full-time pastor position at some stage.
Many responded to the Bible study video with messages of affirmation.
“He’s been saying he feels called to ministry for a while (which I think isn’t surprising),” one person replied. “I’m thrilled he’s in a good place and seeks to help others find a good place.”
In 2008, DMX released a track titled “Jesus Loves Me,” which contained the lyrics: “Jesus loves me, yes I know/ For the Bible tells me so (and I believe it in my soul).”