‘The Heart & Tongue’ by Chance the Rapper is Littered with Bold Christian Imagery
Chance the Rapper has been pretty quiet the last few years. His last project The Big Day wasn’t well received and then he seemingly took a break. Whether that was a coincidence or not, we know Chance has been working on his faith, loving his wife, and raising his daughter.
Many people took issue with Chance proclaiming Jesus in one breath and spewing profanity in another. Many of those same issues were present with Kanye West in the past. But now Chance has returned with a music video for his song “The Heart & Tongue” and not only is the song completely clean, but it’s filled with Christian imagery.
Again, the proclamation of faith is nothing new for Chance the Rapper, but this track seems a little different.
Perhaps the boldest line in the song is: “I’m tired of politicians tryna sell us diet Jesus / That’s like dialysis was tryna sell us diabetes” With this line, he is alluding to politicians simply using “Jesus” as their selling point to a political party, mainly Conservatives. Essentially, if a Conservative can use Christian talking points and back their stances, they’ll follow them regardless of what the actual belief or morality of the person is.
Other lines from the song include: “You can’t just jump the gun and pick a side and jump inside it / Remember, Pontius Pilate hung a God and justified it / The truth is slow ’cause someone’s always in a rush to hide it / The lies is golden ’cause the Devil got a touch of Midas / The soul is brighter ’cause the Holy Ghost is ultraviolet”
That line is talking about Pontious Pilate picking the “wrong” side and giving in to the people to crucify Jesus. Then there is a nice play on words comparing the Devil’s lies and temptations as shiny as gold, he’s like King Midas. In the last line, he’s comparing our souls to something only the Holy Spirit can see, ultraviolet, and if you were to see ultraviolet through a special lens, it would glow brightly.
“My father got a special set of skills like Liam Neeson / He told me faith and squinted eyes can turn the blind Venetian / I seen the sign, I’m in the den, I’m with the lions sleeping / I seen the wine, I seen the water turn to bright Tahitian”
Chance then compares Liam Neeson’s special skills in the movie Taken to the otherworldly special skills of God. He flips the a making the blind see with Venetian blinds, and then makes an allusion to being Daniel in the lion’s den. Of course, he closes that out with water into wine reference.
According to attribution on Genius, someone stated this line “Act like you was born yesterday and you gon’ die a fetus” could mean:
“If any biblical references are to be inferred from this line, I think 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 are most accurate.
“Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly—as infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. In fact, you are still not ready…”
Chance here is trying to show disapproval of the infantile nature of those who have opted for “Diet Jesus” instead of the real person. Paul refers to those people as “infants in Christ” because they haven’t yet grown enough to understand the true calling and consequences of being a follower of Christ. If they aren’t cautious, they may “die a fetus” by never growing past this infant stage.”