“…I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus…”
Over the past few weeks we’ve been seeing Kanye West doing these “Sunday services” and I have to admit, I like em! I mean, they sound amazing, the lyrics are dope, and the vibe feels very encouraging. Kanye has even gone as far as to grab the mic and openly express his feelings about Jesus through his sermon at his Atlanta Sunday service. It’s certainly a twist from how we are used to seeing Mr. West and while some are really inspired through his recent actions, others are highly skeptical. Can’t say I totally blame them, Kanye has a track record of doing things for self glorification, so who knows what is REALLY the intention behind these things? Before we rush to either accept or reject him, allow me try and put things in some kind or perspective first….
From a biblical standpoint, being highly skeptical of people isn’t new. At times it was warranted, at times it wasn’t, and other times maybe it should been more of a thing. To start off let’s look at Paul (formerly known as Saul).
Before encountering Christ, Paul was a persecutor and killer of christians (A proud one at that). He was instrumental in the imprisonment and deaths of believers, the most known being Stephen who we see in the book of Acts. (Paul had the man stoned to death). This SAME guy, Paul, after meeting Jesus, approaches the faith community basically saying “im on your side now”. Now, we know they were all skeptical of this, I mean he just had one their own killed but now he’s trying to preach and worship with them? Huh? They were all still very afraid of him and Im sure most wanted no parts of him because of his past, even though he was genuinely changed.
There was a Roman captain who had a servant who was dying. He sent elders to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant. Jesus and the crowd following him made their way to the Roman Caption’s house only to stopped before almost getting there. They then reported that the Captain stated if Jesus just spoke the word from where he was his servant would be healed instantly without Jesus having to come in the house. Now, Romans oppressed the Jews during this time, and the soldiers were the face (and force) of that oppression. Jesus turned to the Jewish crowd and praised the Captain for having that kind of faith saying “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith”. Im sure almost every Jew there raised a high eyebrow at the fact that a Roman Captain had a genuine faith in Christ because of his reputation. Again, a legit reason to be skeptical, but also again misguided.
But I mean come on, there are times where being hesitant isn’t a bad thing. Although Jesus knew it was going to happen from the beginning, during that three year ministry run I’m sure none of the disciples even suspected Judas was going to betray Jesus. Someone known for walking with Jesus, there for all the miracles, heard all the teachings, Jesus even saved his life along with the other 11, no way HE was going to be one to do Jesus dirty like that? Wrong, despite his stacked resume of ministry experience, he was a snake. Yet again, reputation proving to be wrong.
So Fred what are you saying? Im saying when it comes to Kanye, we are judging off of reputation and past actions. Although as humans, that’s almost the best we can do, you can’t use that as a measuring stick for the CURRENT state of someones heart. Simply put, we don’t know. No matter how theologically deep you want to get, you just. Don’t. Know. And honestly, that should be OK to admit. Here’s what we do know however…
God can change any heart (He literally transformed a heart set on murdering Christians into a heart that deeply wanted people to follow Christ).
Whatever man (or satan) means for evil, God can use it for good (Let’s say this is all a flex or stunt for more attention. Through this “stunt” some people are still being pushed to sincerely follow Christ, God still gets the Win the regardless!)
We can only try the spirit by The Spirit (only through discernment can one really know the true or twisted intentions of someones spirit. We try, but we can’t tell and we can’t use someone’s past to determine their current state. No matter how “logical” we try to paint it, man can only see the outer. God sees the heart)
Listen, give the man some grace. Time will ultimately tell whether this is something we can truly get behind or not. But in the meantime, let’s drop the stones. We don’t really have the “holy standard” to stone anyone anyway. Relax, enjoy the melodies (or not, but they are pretty dope), and pray for the man. Let’s not accuse him away from the church, he’s right where he needs to be.