A lot has been going on lately over the media about the Kanye West Sunday Service. I would like to add my voice to this. For the past several months, videos of Kanye West Sunday Service have been going viral. For those that have had the chance of enjoying these videos, you will realize that what started as a fun time watching a gifted man using his creativity and God-given ability, has now turned into a revolution, a movement that is dividing the Christian world with opinions.
Question is, “Is Kanye West truly saved? Is he really a true disciple of Christ?” Well, my answer is, “Who cares?”
The dude is pulling massive views on YouTube and other social media. He is getting free airtime on some television and radio networks that some of our superstars’ preachers would never get a chance to preach to. And his message is, “Jesus is King”.
In the meantime, many in the Christian community are busy analyzing, gauging the Christianity of Kanye West. They are busy criticizing this man who is busy talking about Jesus and Him alone as the King of humanity. Here is the thing, how many of us Christians live with neighbors that don’t even know that we are born again. We work in places or hang around campuses and don’t even have the courage to make the people around us know about Jesus. That name will never show up in any of our conversations. We avoid using it because it doesn’t sound right, it’s not cool, we might hurt the feelings of some people. Or should I say, we are afraid to be perceived as extremists or old fashioned.
But when someone like Kanye West puts his fame and fortune in jeopardy by shouting loud about Jesus, we shout back at him to go silent. Our arrogance has made us blind to the point that we have thought that Jesus has become our private property. Whoever is not of our four corners, or who doesn’t have the same feathers as ours should not use his name without our permission. Question is, to whom of all the Christian community should Kanye West pay royalties for using the name of Jesus?
We judge him on his style of dressing, of speaking, of addressing the mass, because he doesn’t do, he doesn’t speak like we do, using the rhetoric and rhythm of our “holier than thou” attitude.
Have we forgotten that the Christian life is a journey full of imperfections, falling and getting back up again, temptations and repentance?
But guess what, this is a “Déjà Vu”. Saul, the church persecutor, turned into Paul after the encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus was rejected by Jesus’ disciples in fear that he wasn’t real.
Acts 9:26 “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!”
I don’t expect us all to stand and support Kanye West, but the least we can do is not to criticize him but rather to pray for him.
It doesn’t matter what this movement may turn into, but I strongly believe that God is working something out of this. The name of Jesus Christ is being declared and elevated.
John 12:32” And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself”.
“America, your day of revival is now.”