The Super Bowl may have diverted the attention of some, but many evangelicals have yet to forget Macklemore's pro-gay "Same Love" anthem performed during the 2014 Grammy Awards—not the least of which is Christian rapper Bizzle, whose response song is making waves across the web.
The rap song, being branded as "anti-gay" and "homophobic" by various news media, landed more than 120,000 YouTube hits in a week from its release. The video begins with a quotation of 2 Timothy 3:1-5, a passage that warns of increasing sinfulness in the last days. But the message of the song isn't the typical biblical argument against homosexuality; it accuses the gay rights lobby of unfairly comparing themselves to the civil rights struggle of African-Americans such as Bizzle himself.
Macklemore hasn't responded to the pimp-turned-Christian's rebuttal track, but the rest of the secular world has. In an online article, one Philadelphia newspaper describes Bizzle as "compar[ing] gays to pedophiles," while a pro-gay site accuses the rapper of "boost[ing his] career by attacking more successful hip hop artists."
The real parallels between homosexuality and other sexual behaviors the Bible lists as sinful, such as pedophilia, cannot be ignored by Christians. Yet Bizzle's core frustration is the race issue: "The Bible is all right until it calls what you like sin, and I feel so disrespected that you were so desperate you would compare your sexual habits to my skin," the rapper laments.
What do you think of the tension-filled response song? See it for yourself: