Yeah! You read the headline well. Right?

Rapper and singer Lil Nas X released a pair of “Satan Shoes” that contains a drop of real human blood—and he got it sold in less than a minute.

In an article published by CNN on 29th of March, 2021, it was stated that Lil Nas X and New York-based art gallery, MSCHF, collaboratively launched a Nike Air Max 97s sneakers which features a bronze pentagram, an invented cross and a drop of real human blood.

Although, in an email exchanged with CNN, Nike has exonerated themselves from this design—which was also confirmed by Kevin Wiesner, MSCHF creative director.

According to MSCHF, the shoe was priced at $1,018 a pair, referencing the Bible passage Luke 10:18 that reads: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

But, how did they get the “human blood” you may want to ask; it was gathered that the blood was provided by members of the company, MSCHF, using the same type of needle used in at-home glucose tests.

Symbols and icons in Religions

Symbols and icons are means by which many religions of the world are identified. You can recognise a certain religion by mere encounter with a symbol. Christianity for many centuries has been identified with a symbol of “cross”. Islam is identified with Crescent and Star. Hinduism with symbol of Aum; while Daoism, Tai symbol of Peace.

This is a seemingly-fertile land upon which this collaboration between the duo—Lil Nas X and MSCHF is seeking to plant the seed of their product. As expected, there have been lots of buzz and criticism on the Internet because of this move. Majority of this criticisms came majorly from high-profile politicians and religious leaders.

But why?

Why should this so-called ‘creative work’ meet with such criticism?

MSCHF has a record of releasing jocular art projects; for example, in year 2019, the company released a limited edition “Jesus Shoes”—which was also made from the same material, Nike Air Max 97 sneakers, which Satan Shoes was made from. Buy why the criticism at this time?

This is because the symbol of every religion has a connection with the emotion of its adherents. To many people, there is no need to claim that you are not attacking or vilifying a religion if you can attack or make jest of its symbol. Because the two are interwoven. Religions are known by their symbols.

But as a religious-minded human being, what best disposition should you maintain towards a headline like this?

Wiesner said in an exchanged mail with CNN, “We all knew that some people would take the satan element of this seriously…but I’m not sure we were entirely prepared for how much of a furor it would cause”. “Obviously from our perspective, it’s just fun, right?

That’s it. There you have it.

Would you react or you would respond…logically and creatively?

To go emotional with someone or an organization who’s merely ‘catching fun’ with a symbol of religion upon which human destiny is built is no joke, right?

And come to think of it, who is Lil Nas X?

“In a tweet that he made recently, he made it known that he “spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

Something like a revenge, right?

Lil Nas X wanted to pay back the ‘emotional trauma’ he believed he was made to go through because of his decision to be something more ‘unnatural’ of his gender. He feels being surrounded by people who are caring enough to never wanting him go astray is a punishment. Therefore, others must be subjected to the same ‘trauma’. Right?

Who exactly needs some more help here?

Who needs some more light?

It’s funny sometime that the one who’s in the dark seems to think those in the light are living in the dark. 2 Corinthians 4:4

About the Blood Matter…

My Bible tells me that the life of “any living thing” is in the blood (Lev. 17:11).

So, if this is fun as claimed by Wiesner, my question then is: why should we make joke with life because of ‘our’ creativity? Why do we place so-less value on lives?

Because we want to make more sales?

Looking at a development like this raises an ethical question about the direction of our imagination. To what direction are we heading with our innovation?

Could this be a reason why the scripture admonishes us to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ? 2 Corinthians 10:5?

Come to think of it, what time exactly are we in the order of redemption?

As our Lord Jesus Christ says in Luke 16:8 “…And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light”

My question for you is: in the age of darkness, how much of the light are you shining?


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