There has been so much buzz around Kanye West and the release of his newest album entitled, “Jesus is King.” Some people are claiming this it is just a publicity stunt and he’s trying to appeal to an untapped audience. Others are saying he has gone completely crazy and shouldn’t be used as the new poster child for the Christian movement.
To answer this controversy properly, we should do what we should always do… turn to God’s Word. There was a time in Jesus’ life when people were doing ministry who did not, at first glance, seem credible. Here was Jesus’ take on the matter…
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”Matthew 9:38-41
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Jesus was saying that you are missing the point. If someone is trying to help people in My name, do you really think I can’t use that to make a difference?
Whether or not you like Kanye West or his music is beside the point. There is an opportunity for people to hear the Gospel. In my opinion, here are three things every Christian should be doing concerning Kanye West:
1.Pray for him.
If he is using this as a publicity stunt, he’s not doing himself any favors. In a culture where people are preaching tolerance and let everything be a way to God, Kanye is going against the grain. This is definitely a way to get noticed but it’s most likely not the kind of attention he would prefer. We need to pray that God will continue to move in Kayne’s life and help him take his next steps. Kayne has been very vocal about being a young Christian and having a long way to go. Imagine you had a worldwide magnifying glass on you during the first steps of your Christian experience. He has a lot of eyes watching his every move. Let’s not add to his stress but, instead, add to his prayer support.
2.Promote the “Jesus is King” album.
There are so many people who love hip hop music and say they struggle to listen to Christian music. Even with great artists like Lecrae out there, they still struggle. We should be getting this album in the hands of every teenager and college student we can because Kanye can speak to them in ways that the old generation cannot.
3.Use this opportunity to start some conversations.
Kanye has so many fans who probably don’t want anything to do with God or church. However, because they love his music and style, they will listen to his new album and watch his Sunday Services. This will start conversations you may have been trying to have for a really long time. Therefore, don’t be so quick to dismiss the open door of communication it provides.
Here’s the bottom line. Is he for real? Is it all a stunt? Is he just trying to get attention? Has he gone crazy? I don’t know and, honestly, that’s not the most important question the church should be asking. The most important question is how can we use this opportunity to forward the Gospel and reach more people. Let’s spend less time huddled up in our Christian corners debating whether or not we like him and more time in the harvest fields. The way some Christians are acting sounds a whole lot like the Pharisees when Jesus came on the scene. They spent so more time arguing over how He was going to affect their established system and not enough time realizing the difference He was making in the lives of the masses. I’m in no way saying we should compare Kanye to Jesus. I am saying that we need to keep our eyes on the main thing and let the Gospel move forward.