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KANYE UNDERSTANDS THE GOSPEL

Father we ask that You use Kanye in a mighty way for Your kingdom. We pray for protection for him as he speaks out. Continue to draw him near to You!

Kanye is starting quite the conversation, a conversation that has Christians, non-Christians, white people, black people, Democrats, and Republicans all engaging for different reasons. Is Kanye really converted? Does his affinity for Donald Trump take away from his impact, or aid it? Is this a phase that will fizzle out? Is his album objectively good? Or are his lyrics just refreshing?

While questions like these are worth asking, we can make observations about his newly released album “Jesus Is King” without having all the answers. One fact that simply cannot be overlooked is the truly countercultural message in Kanye’s lyrics — one that is essential to the message of the gospel but so often left out of pop-culture claims to Christianity that ultimately fall flat.

That message is hard to miss: Jesus is King. Kanye weaves this theme throughout his lyrics, and now throughout his life.

Pop culture icons tend to appeal to Christianity only insofar as it broadens their appeal to a Christian base. As soon as it seems not to benefit their wallets anymore, their faith doesn’t seem to be all that active. Not that keen spectators can’t see the reversal coming, for their faith doesn’t result in any identifiable fruit.

Often, the only evidence of Christianity is simply an Instagram bio — directly above an erotic pose in Calvin Klein underwear. Or in an interview soundbite — promoting an explicit new album. Or in a gaudy cross tattoo or necklace — stuck somewhere amid cleavage. These icons are Christians in name only. Not in understanding, not in message, and not in obedience.

That last part — obedience — is the hardest. Believing God exists is common sense, but merely acknowledging that isn’t Christianity. Making Jesus “King” and doing what he asks of you — that’s the difficult part. It’s that whole idea the book of James carries, that “faith without works is dead.”

Kanye’s theology isn’t perfect. “Excuse me if I mispronounce anything,” he says. “I am a recent convert. It means I recently got saved within this year.” But the gospel isn’t complicated. (In a sentence, as Pastor John Piper articulated, “The gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy.”) Children can understand it. And Kanye has grasped the transformational aspect of the gospel that so many haven’t.

In one new song, “Use This Gospel,” he sings, “Use this gospel for protection. It’s a hard road to heaven.” Yes, it is, Kanye. If it weren’t, Jesus wouldn’t have instructed each of his followers to “take up [their] cross daily and follow” him.

As my friend put it, “[Kanye’s] passion for simple obedience is just so contagious.” It’s true. His simple obedience is evidenced in his lyrics, in his calls for modesty, in his warnings against premarital sex, in his denouncing of unbiblical public policies, and in his parenting goals.

Kanye Confesses Jesus Is King

His message in “Closed on Sunday” (Chick-fil-A mentions excepted) is rich with the practical outworking of a Christian not being “conformed to this world” but instead being “transformed”:

Raise our sons, train them in the faith
Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake
Follow Jesus, listen and obey
No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave
Stand up for my home
Even if I take this walk alone
I bow down to the King upon the throne
My life is His, I’m no longer my own.

Whether Kanye is truly a Christian or not is something only he and God know. But one thing we do know is that a person can’t be a Christian if he doesn’t believe and live by these simple truths.

That’s the problem with so many Christ-claiming celebrities: They don’t actually believe Jesus is King. It seems Kanye does.

(Excerpt from The Federalist. Article by Kylee Zempel.)

503 People Prayed
1217 People have read this article

9 Replies to “KANYE UNDERSTANDS THE GOSPEL”

  1. YES WE PRAY FOR HIS NEW FIND LIFE IN JESUS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE NEEDS TO REALLY BE DISCLIPLE AND TRAIN IN THE WORD OF GOD SO HE CAN BECOME STRONG IN HIS FAITH, AND BE FILL WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND YES WE CONTINUE TO PRAY AND FAST FOR HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE TO BECOME STRONG AND TO GROW IN THE LORD AND THE WORD OF GOD. AMEN

  2. Father, let Your seed fall on good ground in Kanye’s heart. He is held as a sort of god or idol in young people as well as older people’s eyes and hearts. Please help him along, protect him and his family as he follows you and teach him Your word, hold him accountable, and let it be sincere and genuine not faltering or flaying. Let his message be the true Word of God so as not to mislead or deceive if he’s used by You as an instrument to lead others to the One true Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ Your only Son. Amen.

  3. Amen. May You cover and protect Kayne from unrighteous judges. We speak increase to his hearing media and to his ministry of truth of the Gospel. May Your love be genuine in his will, mind, and emotions as well as his relationships and business. Keep Kayne under the shelter your abiding love, Gracious Father, may he be an instrument of revival in America. We pray Psalm 91 over Kayne and give You glory, Lord!

  4. Father- Thank you for opening the eyes of Kanye to the glorious truth of the gospel. Thank you that he is speaking truth into a culture that is fr from truth. Your Word says that you will fulfill your purposes. I pray that your purposes will be fulfilled in Kanye. That he will continue to be an instrument of praise to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.It would seem that you have given him a platform to be heard by people who maybe wouldn’t listen to someone else in the proclamation of the gospel. I pray that you would surround him with protection and grant him a heart that follows hard after you in all areas of his life. I pray that his family would be united and that many would be open to the truth of your word because they see what you have done in him through the power of the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit.
    We ask these things i the powerful and matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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