(Photo: The Christian Post via Jomo K. Johnson)
Meek Mill recently apologized for offending some with his song "Amen," which prompted Philadelphia pastor Jomo K Johnson to end a ban on the local rapper's song.
After Mill, born Robert Williams, released his "Amen" song featuring fellow rapper Drake, Johnson spoke out about it on his website www.deadestrapperalive.com.
"As a Pastor it hurts me to say that Meek Mill, with this song, has mimic'd his mentor by becoming a 'blasphemous bastard' through his music. It is my hope that he and other similar artists will recognize the seriousness of their error and acknowledge this sin by confessing it to the Lord Jesus Christ," Johnson said. "All of us have sinned, and the Lord is more than willing to forgive those who confess those sins and turn to him in faith."
Johnson even attempted to revoke Mill's "hood pass" while leading a movement to boycott his music.
"I want to encourage every Rap Fan in Philadelphia who is a believer in Jesus Christ, to boycott Meek Mill until he acknowledges this blatant disrespect," Johnson wrote. "And being resident of North Philadelphia and Pastor, I revoke Meek's 'hood pass' until this happens. If he appears at the upcoming concert at Fairhill Park, we as a Church will be there to meet him."
Mill went on the BET music program "106 & Park" to explain himself and apologize for the song that many considered to be blasphemous after using church as a metaphor for behavior that is not considered Christian.
"I wasn't trying to disrespect no religion or anything like that. My whole family is Christian," Mills said. "I have a half Christian, half Muslim family. The situation, the song, that's what energy it felt and if anybody feel disrespected, I ain't do it in that way. And I ain't drop the song with bad intentions."
After Mill's apology, Johnson said he would forgive the rapper.
"This apology was the condition for lifting the Call-To-Action boycott. Therefore, I want to say as a follower of Christ, that I completely forgive Robert Williams for this song because Jesus has completely forgiven me," Johnson said.
"While I have made the choice not to listen to or support any artist that promotes blasphemy or misogyny in their music, I appreciate Mr. Williams being willing to acknowledge his wrong," the pastor added. "It is my sincere hope, that he, along with all popular rappers with their fans, will embrace God's total forgiveness by turning from the sin promoted through mainstream Hip Hop, and trust solely in Christ for salvation."