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Thoughts on JESUS IS KING by Kanye West

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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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