Well, it’s all about Jesus is King, of course, Kanye West’s new album. You would quite literally need to have been hiding under a rock this week to not have heard some talk about this new album. Some love it, some hate it and, if I’m being truthful, I haven’t properly listened to it. It’s not the style of music that I listen to, so I can’t really see it going onto my playlist anytime soon, but that’s not to say it isn’t a brilliant album. But one thing is for sure, it’s got tongues wagging and writers writing. TIME magazine featured an article with the title ” How Kanye West’s new controversial “Jesus is king” is dividing Christian Community”.
EK! really? in this day and age, this is what is causing division in the Christian community? A rapper coming to faith? Steady on peeps, like are we actually talking about a guy who has given his life to Christ and has released an album creating a backlash? What’s the deal with that?
I can’t for the life of me figure out what people are getting their knickers in a twist about. Oh, blah blah, he’s a hypocrite.. no, he’s not?! He has been transformed by the love of Jesus; old and new, there is a difference.
This same old problem is so common in the church everywhere. There are too many people, Christian people, who are watching on and making assumptions and speaking negatively about their fellow Christians authenticity. Please stop! Firstly, who are we to judge? Secondly, we answer for ourselves alone. When we get to heaven, God’s not gonna sit us down and ask you what we thought of this one and that one. His focus is going to be solely on us as an individual, and you will have to answer for what you have done in your time, not what other folks are doing or whether their heart was genuinely transformed by Jesus.
I’ve heard some crazy things about people’s motives for going to church. Oh, they only go because …. or they go to church, but I don’t know!!!. I think she is a hypocrite…
I think we need to stop worrying ourselves about others’ personal relationship with Jesus and focus on ourselves; developing and deepening our own personal relationship with Christ, growing in faith and wisdom. Through that, we will have the unique skills to discern when someone is not sharing a truthful gospel with us and if we are going to allow them to influence our lives. Maybe if we didn’t feel the need to shoot people down and weren’t so quick to cast them out, maybe with a bit of truth and love their heart will be changed, if it needs to be.
When I first came to know and love God, my heart wasn’t radically transformed overnight. In fact, many years later, my heart is still being transformed, but I’m still passionate about sharing the heart of God. Maybe that makes me a hypocrite because I’m not perfect. Maybe there are times my faith doesn’t appear to be genuine, but that’s between me and God. Here’s the thing, I’m not perfect now and I never will be as long as I walk this earth. So who am I to look at someone else and decide if their faith is authentic; that’s not my job, that’s God’s business.
Let’s just focus on developing our own authentic relationship rather than trashing others starting out on a journey of faith with God.
I love this message translation
“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honouring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?”
James 4:11-12 MSG
One thing is for sure, I’d much prefer to walk into a coffee shop or a high street clothes shop and hear the word of God blasting from the speakers over secular music any day. I think Kanye is a game-changer and I hope we see many many more popular artists follow suit. So for that, I say keep going Kanye!
Peace out! homies …