Today my Twitter feed was buzzing about Tupac showing up at Coachella this weekend. Apparently, a hologram of Tupac appeared on stage and performed two of his classic hit songs at the annual event in California. People were amazed at how much the image looked, moved, and acted like the late rapper. It brought back memories of the 90’s for many. A time when hip-hop was alive and on top of its game. Here’s a “safe” video of the performance. On top of that, a created @holopac page on Twitter generated over 14,000 followers before being suspended/cancelled.
Exactly one week after the celebration of the resurrection of Christ in many churches across this country, a seemingly resurrected image of Tupac appeared in Southern California. He even addressed the Coachella crowd personally.
No matter how you feel about hip-hop, there’s been a visceral, venerating response to ‘Pac’s appearance at Coachella. And there are many believers included in that number. Here’s my concern:
If last week’s celebration of Jesus’ physical resurrection didn’t move you to tears, then why did Tupac’s hologramed resurrection?
Maybe we’ve become so familiar with the story of the resurrected Christ that it is no longer moving for some. Well it still moves me. It still brings me to tears. I don’t cry over a hologramed Christ, but I am moved because he is a risen Christ. A risen Christ who brought me out of darkness into his light. A resurrected Christ who promises to resurrect my mortal body.
At the end of the show, the hologram of Tupac shattered. A lot of people watching had their dreams shattered. They dreamt of a world where Tupac was still alive and performing his classic hits. They dreamt of a world where he’d return to them. But in the end, it was all an illusion. An illusion I don’t have to have when it comes to the greatest emcee of all-time. A man who moved thousands on the hillside in Palestine. A man who captivated crowds with the verses he spit. Because he’s still alive.