In October I get the chance to speak at the Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) national conference in Miami, Fl. The overall theme of the CCDA conference this year is peace. So, when asked, I proposed that I do a workshop on Tupac & peace. Oxymoron, right? Some might just say that, but I wouldn’t. In fact, just the opposite. It’s amazing to me how the media can make someone into a villain overnight, and Tupac was just that in many people’s eyes. Last Saturday, September 13, was Tupac’s 13th year death anniversary. Many people celebrated his life and his message. Here are some thoughts of mine on the Jesus of Tupac and how it all connects to being socially aware.
Tupac pioneered the dialogue about theological matters in the ‘hood and Hip Hop culture. Tupac became a lighting rod for those theological matters, both positive and negative. Tupac connected the profane to the sacred. Moreover, Tupac made religion, God, church, and community attainable for comprehension and understanding by the masses. I use the term theological message as Tupac’s own interpretation of the scriptures, Jesus, salvation, and Heaven using his own contextual hermeneutic. Here, Tupac’s spiritual message is centered more on both an idealistic and realistic message for living. A lot of Tupac’s spirituality was shaped over his entire life; his theological understanding came during his formative years as a child through his early adulthood.