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'Holy' by Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper Has Shared Christian Message with Millions Around World

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Justin Bieber has made his faith fairly public lately, sharing about his own journey, his relationship with his wife and his craft.

On Sept. 17, a collaboration between Bieber and Chance The Rapper, another outspoken Christian, was unleashed on the world, and it seems to really be having an impact on its listeners. As of writing, the YouTube video alone has over 46 million views.

“Chance is one of my good friends, I consider him a brother,” Bieber said, according to Billboard. “I asked him if there was anything on his heart that he wanted to share on this record, and he was like, ‘Yeah, I would love to.'”

“Hey to all my friends, supporters and fans: I made one of my most important songs with one of my most supportive friends and I really want yall to hear it tonight when it drops,” Chance The Rapper posted on Instagram on Sept. 17.

“I know this record will make you feel something and I know that feeling is love. All I ask is that you tweet #holy today and tell someone about the song.”

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“We’ve been rocking together for some time and the fact that you’re reading this is an act of love in itself. Please blast #Holy this whole weekend and share it with as many people as you can. This is the beginning of a new era for all of us. God is love, peace.”

The official music video follows a young couple as they face work and life difficulties but are ultimately shown kindness by a stranger. The lyrics draw on a multitude of religious themes.

“I hear a lot about sinners / Don’t think that I’ll be a saint / But I might go down to the river,” Bieber begins singing. “Cause the way that the sky opens up when we touch / Yeah, it’s makin’ me say”

“That the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me / Feels so holy, holy, holy, holy, holy.”

“The first step pleases the Father / Might be the hardest to take,” Chance raps later in the song. “But when you come out of the water / I’m a believer, my heart is fleshy.”

“I’ve heard amazing stories from people on how this song ministered to them, or made them weep!” Chance tweeted on Sept. 21.

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“I know God wants to use me and Justin so I’m honored to be called! God Bless you guys and lets go into this week strong #HOLY by @justinbieber ft me the rapper.”

Listeners have found the song powerful enough to propel it to number three on the “Hot 100” list by Billboard, according to a post by Chance The Rapper.

“The new era has begun for Justin Bieber with his first single HOLY featuring Chance the Rapper,” the YouTube video caption reads. “So much more to come.”

The two have worked on projects before, and perhaps there will be more upbeat, Christian music collabs in their future — the reactions they’ve gotten so far suggest it would definitely be appreciated.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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