Rapper Lecrae sparked a mixture of frustration, furor, and support with a simple tweet he sent Sunday about partaking in communion.
“Just did communion at home with wheat bread and apple juice,” he wrote. “I hope this still counts.”
Lecrae placed a shrugging man emoji at the end of his message. But what he possibly assumed was just a basic and light-hearted tweet about the eucharist turned into a heavy handed back-and-forth among his followers.
Just did communion at home with wheat bread and apple juice. I hope this still counts. 🤷🏾♂️— Lecrae (@lecrae) January 2, 2022
Some supported Lecrae and said his at-home communion act passed muster.
Twitter user @pastoreric answered whether he believed wheat bread and apple juice counted, writing, “Was your heart in the right place? Then, absolutely it did!” And @mattnightingale added, “Did you remember the death and resurrection of Jesus? Yes, it counts.”
See some of the supportive tweets:
Was your heart in the right place? Then, absolutely it did! 👊🏻— Eric Schall (@pastoreric) January 2, 2022
Did you remember the death and resurrection of Jesus? Yes, it counts.— Matt Nightingale (@mattnightingale) January 3, 2022
We totally did communion with Arby’s sandwich bread and kids grape juice boxes because that’s all we had! He knows and is still in it. 💖— Emily Bartlett (@EmilyGodMusic) January 2, 2022
Back in college we did communion with 3-D Doritos & Code Red Mt. Dew. Done in the right spirit, it counts! 👍— Ryan Wade (@DarkHorseRyan) January 2, 2022
Reading everything here and I’m just wondering..— APSTL. (@realnameapostle) January 2, 2022
Exactly what is communion? Is it the specific materials used or the faith of the person partaking in it?
Is it a thing of the flesh or that of the Spirit?
Isn’t that which is consumed only symbolic? 🤦🏻
Others, though, had a starkly different take, pondering whether Lecrae was showing a “disregard” for God’s holiness. Twitter user @zjsanmiguel responded, “It’s a flat out shame that God’s holiness is shown such disregard.”
And @Lex_Lutheran sad, “Nah bruh. It’s kinda disrespectful to be honest.”
Here are some of the critical tweets:
It’s a flat out shame that Gods holiness is shown such disregard.— Zach San Miguel (@zjsanmiguel) January 3, 2022
… nah bruh. It’s kinda disrespectful to be honest.— Saint Typo de Tyre (@Lex_Lutheran) January 3, 2022
Have by chance heard this album by Flame that focused on communion. If not, pls check it out https://t.co/UGoiIyE8Vh
No, it doesn’t. Communion was given with specific elements for specific reasons. Anything else us strange fire.— The Evangelical Norm (@EvangelicalNorm) January 3, 2022
Jesus didn’t consecrate wheat bread and apple juice.https://t.co/uM0rbPx6Gt— Tod Ashby (@TodAshby) January 2, 2022
No, it doesn’t. It’s a desecration of the sacrament.— That Lutheran Guy 🦬 (@MetzUAC1530) January 2, 2022
After seeing the replies, Lecrae posted a follow-up tweet Jan. 3 that offered context to his initial post and admitted he didn’t realize communion was “such a touchy subject.”
“For clarity about my communion post. I learned a lot. Didn’t realize it was such a touchy subject,” he said. “Thanks for grace. … Thanks for the dialogue.”
The rapper included a link to an article titled, “Have You Taken Communion the Jewish Way, as Yeshua Taught?” and said the link “resonated” with him. The article offers insight into the Jewish roots of communion.
For clarity about my communion post. I learned a lot. Didn’t realize it was such a touchy subject. Thanks for grace. This link specifically resonated with me. Thanks for the dialogue. https://t.co/jATfKXbiI9— Lecrae (@lecrae) January 3, 2022
This didn’t appease some critics, though, who also took issue with the contents in the article that was shared.
Some, though, said they appreciated Lecae’s “grace” even if they disagreed with him on the communion matter.
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