Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Oct
28

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Your response to Kanye West’s new album says more about you than it does about Kanye.

It is not as surprising as people think that Kanye has made an explicitly Christian album. Hip hop probably includes more references to God, Jesus, and Christianity than any other modern genre of music. Kanye has rapped about his faith in the past.

Kanye has undergone a major transformation within the last year. This is evident in the interviews he has done and in the lyrics of his new album. What happened? In a way, Kanye’s life mirrors the lives of many others. He had no problem talking about Jesus before but his life did not reflect that of a Christian. He was saying one thing and doing another. Now, he is all in. Jesus has taken hold of him. This is the danger of living in a “Christian nation.” Some of us embrace a cultural Jesus that is powerless and has no effect on our lives. We are not truly saved/transformed until we encounter the risen Christ.

There are so many great lines from the album, but here is one we should pay attention to. Kanye is one of the biggest artists in the world and he has announced he is going to do nothing but Christian music from now on. One would anticipate the world being very critical of this decision just as they were when Bob Dylan did a similar thing in the 1970’s, but Kanye is not worried about what the world thinks. He is worried about what Christians think. He correctly anticipates that some Christians will not take his conversion seriously and judge him for it. What does this say about us? Whenever someone does something like what Kanye has done, we should be the first to rejoice.

Said I’m finna do a gospel album
What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?
They’ll be the first one to judge me
Make it feel like nobody love me
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

Kanye takes on the culture of our day in Closed on Sunday. The poets were prophets and Kanye is offering a prophetic word to the masses. I everyone is listening.

Closed on Sunday, you’re my Chick-fil-A
Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A
Hold the selfies, put the ‘Gram away
Get your family, y’all hold hands and pray
When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe
Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate
Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A
You’re my number one, with the lemonade
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

Included in one song is a prayer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn of people from all over the world praying this prayer?

Jesus, flow through us
Jesus, heal the bruises
Jesus, clean the music
Jesus, please use us
Jesus, please help
Jesus, please heal
Jesus, please forgive
Jesus, please reveal
Jesus, give us strength
Jesus, make us well
Jesus, help us live
Jesus, give us wealth
Jesus is our safe
Jesus is our rock
Jesus, give us grace
Jesus, keep us safe

There are many dark and evil things in our culture. Kanye’s album is a light. It is something to be celebrated. I hope and pray it will point people to the true King of kings and lives will be transformed, not because of Kanye, but because of Jesus.

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10

As Christians, we must have a working knowledge of the story of God. It is essential to questions of identity. We must know who we are and where we fit in the story. It is equally important that we be able to explain why the world is the way it is and what God is going to do about it. Knowing the story of God gives us hope. We long for the next chapter in the story. We also need to possess this knowledge so we can tell others. The story of God is good news, and everyone needs to hear it.

Although the Bible is a big book comprised of many smaller books and letters, the story of God can be summed up rather simply. There are six movements we should be able to identify. It begins with CREATION. God created and everything was good. After creation, the humans that were placed in the garden of Eden sinned. We refer to this as THE FALL. The introduction of sin into the world explains why the world is the way it is today. Next, God calls Abraham and promises to make a great nation from his descendant. This is the story of ISRAEL. God has a plan to address the sin problem that is wreaking havoc on the world. Through Israel, comes the Messiah, JESUS. He is the Son of God and dies on the cross for the sins of the world and then overcomes death by being raised from the grave three days later. Jesus begins a new community of people called the CHURCH. These followers of Jesus are to continue his ministry on earth. Finally, Jesus will return one day to right all wrongs and the people of God will dwell with God in the NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH. There will be no sin, death, sickness, etc. Everything will be as it should be. This is the story of God!

May we commit this story to heart so that we may be encouraged by it and share it with others. May it fill us with hope as we anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

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09

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Thank you to Marlon Retana for translating this graphic into Spanish.

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12

“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:3)

The first thing God deems holy is time. He sets apart the Sabbath day as a time to rest and reflect on all that God has done. The Sabbath will go on to play an integral part in the life of Israel. It is one of the ten commandments. It distinguishes them from other nations. When Israel is taken into captivity, the observance of the Sabbath becomes a counter-cultural practice. Isreal views time differently than the people around them.

The people of God’s distinct view of time continues into the New Testament. Christians begin gathering on the first day of the week to worship God since this was the day Jesus was raised from the grave. Even though Jews and Gentiles might be going to work, Christians stop to pray, sing, share the Lord’s Supper, and listen to God’s word. The people of God do not allow the culture to dictate how they view time or what they do with it. They view time as belonging to God and are therefore more than willing to cease from what culture says is normal to honor God.

What we do with our time matters. Paul instructs us to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16) First and foremost, we are to honor God with our time. The world may look at worship or Bible study as a waste of time, but for the Christian, we see it as a way of acknowledging and praising the Creator of time. To cease from our daily activities to honor God is an essential part of the Christian life. Our actions related to time are a profession of our devotion. We devote time to whatever has captured our heart. For many, this is entertainment, sports, family, politics, work, etc., but for the Christian, it should be first and foremost God. Although these other things are meaningful in their own ways, they are ultimately meaningless if we fail to honor God who has given us life, time, and the means to enjoy them.