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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