Now unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard that Kanye West is now a born again Christian.
I will be honest and say that when the videos of his Sunday worship services started popping up on my feed, I was quick to skip.
I skipped because on one hand, I was sure that I was protecting my heart from what may potentially be blasphemous. On the other hand, I was judgemental, because how can Kanye given his colourful life, proclaim that Jesus is King? How can a man so over the top distasteful in his actions and words, and to some extent crude, declare that Jesus is King? How could a man who breaks bread with Trump, who is himself quite the character, shout from the roof tops that Jesus is King? How can God use someone so out of pocket as the catalyst for what I would call a revival?
Here is the thing. A man’s politics does not negate his salvation. Salvation is not bought. It is by grace, through faith |Ephesians 2:8|. A man’s salvation is more important to God than his politics. In fact God could very well use what we consider dreadful to reveal a greater purpose.
Also, God is not exclusive to me, and I think that’s the problem with most christians, we think Jesus is exclusive to us. We forget that he died for the world, both Jew and Gentile. You and I. Us and all the Kanye’s of the world. Any man who turns (repents), gains access to the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact a feast of elaborate praise erupts in the heavens. That’s how the most God is when it comes to the salvation of one soul.
Religious folk see Kanye as a leper, an outcast, a person to be avoided. A lost soul unclean and unworthy of the kingdom of God. To which Jesus (when he walked the earth) was quick to say, healthy people do not need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners” |Mark 2:17|. In fact Jesus who is himself a disruptor reached out to touch the man with leprosy (a disease that relegated a person to the bottom pits of the earth because it made said person unclean), before He said I am willing, and be healed |Matthew 8:3|. Jesus, the one who opened his mouth and quietened raging storms did not have to touch this man. He could have just said be healed, and he would have been healed. There is a lesson here, and it’s no coincidence that I happened upon these verses while wrestling with my own jugdemental ways. God’s word is very good at reading me, and calling out my bull crap 😏.
If Kanye says he has turned, and has given his heart to Christ. Who do we think we are to deprive him of that joy? Who are we to judge, like the pharisees in Jesus’ time? Who are we to turn up our noses to the good work that God is doing in his life? Remember, God sees the heart. Yours and mine, as much as he sees Kanye’s. We cannot fool him. So even if this is him (Kanye) riding another big wave to millions of dollars playing house in his bank account, that’s for God to deal with. Stop ‘helping’ Him. He is all sufficient. . .
. . .and when you are tempted to bash Kanye (and anyone who is to us an unexpected, undeserving recipient of God’s grace and salvation), pray for him (them) instead. Pray Paul’s prayer in the book of Ephesians,
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”Ephesians 3:14
Oh and one more thing. Stop waiting for Kanye to crash, burn and fail. If God can use stones to do His bidding, He can use Kanye who by the way is reaching people you and I don’t and will never have access to.