The Kanye West Epidemic

The name Kayne West has never been mentioned in our home, ever. That is up until maybe a month ago. If you were to ask me before then who Kanye is, or any question about his music in general you would of been met with a blank face. I really knew little about the man. I had however heard of his music, yet up until now was something I would never have blaring through the walls of my home. Everyone has their style, their genre if you would say. We each have our own tastes. Not listening to Kanye’s music wasn’t about the style I enjoyed. As a Christian mother I couldn’t agree with nearly any of the words he wrote or sang about. And so, I never gave a second thought about the man, in my Christian bubble so to speak, running my very safe life.

It is because of my very own arrogance I am grateful I do not ‘run’ the show here on earth and pick and chose who will be saved. I sound rather like Nebuchadnezzar. The King of Babylon who once said these very words in building his palace ‘By my power and for the glory of my majesty.’ I’ll leave that here for a moment and come back to what happened to good old Nebuchadnezzar later.  But you see, God had different plans. Vastly different plans. God had indeed done a wonderous act in saving Grace. He saved and transformed the man Kanye West and I cannot help but sit back in awe and amazement as to the ripple effect it has had on ultimately the world! 

It’s like a Kanye epidemic. Social media is flooded with his songs of praise and interviews about his life changing experience. People are flocking to his ‘Sunday Service’s’  just to stand and witness this encounter. It could be curiosity for some, and others it’s plain old praise and worship from the heart and soul. Watching Kanye in interviews you can see there is evidently a change. Kanye states in an interview with James Cordon “God is showing off… He’s showing out…. Kanye West Works for God.” 

Some of you might say ‘This isn’t for real.’ Or perhaps you’ve uttered the words ‘It’s a publicity stunt.’ Then there is the worst of all judgement calls so many of us self professing Christians make, ‘He isn’t a Christian… just wait and watch. He will fall.’ It’s actually really shameful that we do this. That I have done this. Is this what Christ calls us to do for one another? Does Christ want us supporting his body in this way? Or the born again believer? Oh, I assure you it simply is not. And yes, Kanye is taking the heat. The judgemental comments are firing his way. There’s no way you can deny it. And the worst of the perpetrators, the worst of the slures, are coming from professing Christians. 

In the words from his song ‘Hands On’ Mr West himself explains;

What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?

‘Said I’m finna do a gospel album,

They’ll be the first one to judge me

Make it feel like nobody love me

They’ll be the first one to judge me

Feelin’ like nobody love me.’

Really Christian, is this how you want to be portrayed? How you want the Christians heart to be perceived? 

Watch yourself dear believer, what’s saying people don’t look at you and say the very same comments? How can any of us really tell if Kanye is a saved man? We simply cannot. Nore can we tell if anyone we encounter is really saved. It will be upon our deathbeds that people might just see and say ‘yes, they have run the good race. They didn’t stray as to never return. Well done good and faithful servant.’ I for one will be praying this prayer for Mr Kanye West and for his entire household. 

I can’t help but find myself at times weeping for joy when I listen to the lyrics of one of his incredible songs. Or when I see the words ‘JESUS IS KING’ plastered upon billboards all over the United States. I weep for joy in my heart that Jesus can indeed save ANYONE at any hour. I weep because He saved a man so far from God and I can now see through my human eyes His good and perfect will and purpose. I weep because of the stories I read that men and women who have never set foot in a church are coming to church to seek GOD! 

And my friend I weep, I weep because I never prayed for this man or his salvation. In fact, I’ve never really prayed for any celebrity, as if they were a lost cause, as if they would never come to Jesus of Nazareth on their knees begging for forgiveness, as if they could never have their hearts of stone softened, the scales from their eyes cast off and an understanding no man can force upon anyone. It is the Lord’s power and might who saves who He will, for He is good. 

So I wept and asked for forgiveness for never praying for any of the people in the spotlight. For not crediting my Great and Mighty God who has the power to save the very worst of sinners. Of which I prove time and time again, I truly am. And I am forgiven time and time again.

Now’s a good time to finish off what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. As a result of his own proclamation, God took his royal authority right from under him. He was driven away to eat with wild animals. It would take seven years before he would lift his eyes to heaven and have his sanity restored. He praised the Most High and glorified him. Reader, just this very week Kanye released his first Opera entitled ‘Nebucahdezzar’, the artist likens himself to the Babylonian King saying “Sounds kind of similar, right? I’m standing on the tip of the mountain talking about Yeezus. Saying ‘I did this!’ that I’m a god.”

I think most of us can identify with this King from long ago. I’ve told God I will humbly pray for those in the spotlight with the same desire as I pray for those lost around me.

And if God is showing off, is this really a Kanye West epidemic or maybe, just maybe it’s a Jesus saving Epidemic? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Jennifer X

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