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QOTD: “Pray for me”
I was never a Kanye West fan before his Jesus Is King album. Nothing personal; I don’t listen to much rap or hip-hop at all. However, when I heard that he had professed faith in Christ and put out a Christian album, I was excited and gave it a listen.
I loved it. I’ve listened to it multiple times, and particular songs many times. I’ve added Kanye to my prayer list, and I’m hoping that he will continue to grow in Christ and use his platform to glorify God and further His Kingdom.
Something that made me sad, though, was the reaction some had when they heard the news: “We’ll see.” I understand where they were coming from, but here’s how I look at it: if a friend of mine became a Christian, I would be excited and try to help get them into a church, pray for them, etc. I want to respond the same way with Kanye. Based on the salvations and baptisms pictured in the New Testament, I think this is a Biblical response.
All that being said, here is my quote of the day, some lines from Kanye’s song “Hands On.” It seemed he knew that this reaction would come:
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
So, fellow believers, join me in praying for Kanye: for his personal discipleship, for him to be a godly father, and for him to glorify Jesus with the platform God has allowed him to have. He’ll make mistakes, sure. But he is our brother in Christ now. Let’s seek to build him up.Published in Group Writing
I agree completely. We can’t necessarily expect to understand another’s path to Him. We all come to know the Lord in our individual time and way. The important thing is to know Him. We can exchange our individual stories when we get Home.
Religion helps center people with mental illnesses. I mean that seriously and approvingly. Jesus is like the best social worker when it comes to addiction treatments.
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I wonder if Kim K. heading for the marital exit caused the change or was the result of it.
Either way, good for Kanye!
I have not paid much attention to Kanye either “before” or “after”, but his lyrics ring true. I will join you, Allie, in praying for him. We all need God’s grace.
I remember when the Taylor Swift v Kanye West thing happened years ago. My overall impression of each has flipped since then. I like Kanye far more now than I did before, and now I can’t stand Taylor Swift. Strange times.
We should pray not only for new converts, that they be rooted and withstand early trials. We should also pray for people who yet seem completely lost, but by conversion might live in eternal peace and lead others to Christ.
St Paul, Mary Magdalene, and many other saints seemed lost for many years. And then!
Superficially. But ultimately what you are saying is
a lie.not true in my opinion.
The only important thing is that the Christian religion helps sinners who accept it, and doesn’t help those who mock it.
It helps everyone because it stops society from becoming communist. Also, I prefer the term ‘poking-fun’ rather than ‘mock.’
I love this post so much, @alliehahn. Like you, I wasn’t really a ‘fan’ of Kanye’s music until Jesus Is King.
His new album, Donda, is incredibly moving. This article gives a good overview:
9 Things You Need to Know About Kanye West’s New Album, ‘Donda’
A quote from the article:
“The album is really about having faith in God and overcoming adversity. Kanye speaks on personal struggles and struggles others face. Positive messages that you can turn up to.”
The lyrics are pretty powerful.
Thank you for your encouragement to build Kanye up and lift him up in prayer!
Thank you! I started listening to Donda but found it more difficult to connect with than Jesus Is King. I’ll have to read the article and then try again.
Great point, and great reminder! Those of us who are believers now were once lost, as well, and where would we be without Christ and His grace?