The Christian Hip Hop Community Reacts to the Boston Marathon Explosions
Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook went berserk, as word began to spread that there were two massive explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At press time, three people were pronounced dead and at least 140 were injured. The Christian Hip Hop community was awash with reactions on social media after the blasts. Here are the latest reactions from artists, label executives, pastors and leaders in the community.
Grammy-Award Winning Producer and 1/3 of the Watchman, J.R. was outraged:
It’s amazing how someone can dream up ways to hurt and kill people. No act of evil will go unpunished. #PRAYINGFORBOSTON
— J.R. (@Jrinstereo) April 16, 2013
Eshon Burgundy on the other hand was saddened:
Reachlife Executive Director D.A. Horton urged his followers to take solace in the scriptures and prayer:
Amidst the grief in Boston, what comfort it brings saints to pray in accordance to Romans 8:26. Thank you Holy Spirit! — D.A. Horton (@da_horton) April 15, 2013
Rapzilla.com‘s Steven Patton publically thanked God for keeping a family friend safe:
Found out my daughter’s godmother opted at the last minute to NOT do her normal hangout at the marathon finish line. Wow — Steve Patton (@StevenPatton) April 15, 2013
Boston native Applejaxx urged everyone to keep Boston in Prayer, as authorities figured out what was happening and first responders could help the wounded:
Jaxx also thanked concerned supporters who had checked on his well being:
Meanwhile Applejaxx wife, Trini, who works close to the epicenter of the attacks, provided real-time reaction to what she saw. She was one of the first to break the news:
They found two more bombs and they are dismantling… Smh — Trini (@Globalxdiva) April 15, 2013
I don’t work far from the blast.. Walking on the street and seeing all the runners.. Smh I’m soooo sad! — Trini (@Globalxdiva) April 15, 2013
The often-quoted Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, also urged his 300K Twitter followers to pray, before tweeting an article from a Mars Hill Pastor designed to help people cope with the tragedy.
Comedian Chris Williams called for more sincere prayer:
Dont let ur “Pray for Boston” be like ur “LOL” or ur “ROTFL!” Y’know when u really ain’t “laugh out loud” or “rolln on the floor laughin” — Chris Williams(@ComedianChris) April 15, 2013
8 yr old boy died in the Boston Bombing. You see why PRAYER can’t be just a cool saying. It’s real yo! Smh. — Chris Williams(@ComedianChris) April 15, 2013
Collision Records Christion Gray, who is 1/4 of the We Live as King’s Collective, agreed with Comedian Chris. As photos and videos began to flood Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, and go viral, Gray, sensed that people may be growing numb to these images despite the severity of the matter. He tweeted a wounded man hunched over and bleeding in an effort to encourage his followers to earnestly pray for the entire City of Boston.
Syndicated Radio personality and Youtube funny man Willie Moore Jr. showed his frustration before also advocating prayer for the victims as well as our nation:
Man so tired of these bombers. My heart and prayers go out to the Boston families. — WILLIEMOORE JR. (@PWILLIE1) April 15, 2013
I’m praying for all the innocent victims of the Boston bombing today. Lets all pray that our country adopts the principles needed for peace.
— WILLIEMOORE JR. (@PWILLIE1) April 16, 2013
Please continue to keep the victims and families in prayer. While many are indeed hurt, we are thankful that at this point, the fatalities aren’t as high as they could have been. Many of these families will be mentally and even spiritually affected for years after this, though. Pray that God will allow them to heal as best as possible.