Kanye West is a polarizing figure. Popular opinion is often shifting about him, often due to his own antics and outspoken opinions. This just in: the self-proclaimed “Yeezus” is now saying he’s a worshiper of Jesus. In fact, he recently released a gospel album called “Jesus Is King.”
That’s right, the Kanye West, who once claimed to be God now claims to worship God.
As expected, his new stance on Jesus, Christianity, and life in general have been met with mixed reviews…even from a lot of Christians. You can hear it in some of the lyrics from his song, “Hands On.”
“Told people God was my mission
What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?
They’ll be the first one to judge me
Make it feel like nobody love me
Make you feel alone in the dark and you’ll never see the light
I deserve all the criticism you got
If that’s all the love you have, that’s all you got
To sing of change, you think I’m joking
To praise His name, you ask what I’m smoking
Yes, I understand your reluctancy, yeah
But I have a request, you see
Don’t throw me up, lay your hands on me
Please, pray for me
Hold myself on death
Hold it down, all fallen downH
Somebody pray for me”
The old King James Version of the Bible says, “ye must be born again.”
When I read Kanye’s new lyrics, I think, “(Kan)Ye must be born again!”
This album is full of lyrics written by someone who is being transformed by the gospel!
Due to who we’ve known Kanye to be, I understand the skepticism. I’m also reminded that people were skeptical when Saul went from killing Christians to preaching Christ.
A word to Christians: it’s not our job to determine the legitimacy of someone’s salvation – that’s up to Jesus. It’s our job to love people, point them to Jesus, and pray for the miraculous. We pray for and claim to believe that God can save and change anyone, but when a polarizing pop culture figure says he’s saved, we refuse to believe it? Why?!
I’m thankful for this album and these lyrics in particular because they give us a peek into the mind of a brand new Christian. If every new Christian were a multi-platinum, world-renowned recording artist, I think they would write lyrics like this. Kanye, like any other new Christian, is wondering what people are going to think, assuming judgment, promising to prove it’s genuine, and simply asking for prayer.
Come on, Christians! We can at least do that. We’re not calling him Pastor Kanye, and just like any new Christian, we should be slow to elevate him to a place of spiritual authority (1 Timothy 3), but we can pray for him and believe that the gospel is still changing lives!