What shall we do about Kanye?

1) Check your heart for self righteous arrogance.

It’s a bit of a challenge to believe someone like Kanye could get saved isn’t it? The notion that this could be nothing more than a publicity stunt wouldn’t be too far-fetched. He has been so arrogant and so blasphemous in the past he must be “too far gone” to ever come to faith in Christ.

If that is how we are feeling we need to think about what that says about our own self-righteousness. He is too much of a sinner to be saved but we were not? If you or I think we were “good enough” to be saved but Kanye isn’t, it is imperative that we stop right now, confess our sin, and repent of our self-righteous heart.

What holds true for my salvation holds true for Kanye’s. I need, you need, as much mercy, grace, and love from God in Christ as Kanye does.

Titus 3:4-7 (NASB)

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

2) Check your heart (part 2). Pray for his discipleship.

While it is true that his needs as a believer are the same as the rest of us, the public and private pressure on him is (and will continue to be) enormous because of who he is. Rather than take a sit, wait, and watch approach to his faith we need to pray for him. He needs discipleship by someone older and mature in the faith. He needs to be taught the scriptures. He will need perseverance and steadfastness because of arrogant, self-righteous “Christians” who can’t handle someone “like him” coming to faith in Christ. I imagine the temptation to prove himself to the naysayers must be enormous and that distraction alone could be enough to take his focus off of Jesus.

Acts 9:26-27 (NASB)

When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB)

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

3) Check your theology. God saves sinners.

This is an extension of #1 above. God saves sinners. Period. He saved the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43). He saved the murderous Saul (Acts 9:1-31). He brought Nebuchadnezzar low to lift him up (Daniel 4:28-37). Kanye’s salvation can’t really be out of the realm of possibility can it?

Maybe one reason our churches are so ineffective at the work of evangelism is that in the deepest recesses of our hearts we ultimately reject the belief that God is able to save sinners. Can it be we don’t believe Jesus is sufficient for any and all sinners who turn to Him?

1 Timothy 1:15 (NASB)

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

4) Check your theology (part 2). Celebrate a sinner’s salvation not a celebrity’s addition to the lineup.

I’ve heard (maybe you have, too) Kanye’s salvation is a win for the Kingdom because he will reach people we can’t and his celebrity status will give him a hearing we will never have. Ok, I’m not going to lie. That IS pretty exciting and encouraging. He will be (and has been) used to reach people for Jesus. Absolutely.

Again, lets check our theology though. God doesn’t NEED him, just like he doesn’t NEED us. God wasn’t desperate for someone to reach Noah to build the arc. God wasn’t waiting for someone to call Abraham to faith. The reason Paul didn’t come to faith earlier wasn’t because nobody told him the gospel. God reached them ON HIS OWN. It is by God’s grace we are called into His service and are used by Him to accomplish His redemptive purposes. He really is in good shape on His own. He is supremely self-sufficient and self-sustaining.

It is imperative we follow the angels example in celebrating the only truth worth cheering about: A sinner came to faith in Jesus and was redeemed by the grace of God.

Luke 10:20 (NASB)

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

Luke 15:10 (NASB)

“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

5) Check your expectations. Don’t expect a child to be an adult.

Yes, Kanye will do and say dumb things. He will act inappropriately at times. He is a new believer. He may be chronologically older, but spiritually he is a baby. We would never demean our two year old for not being able to tie their shoes, properly load the dishwasher (few adults are capable of THIS), or make dinner for the family. In a spiritual sense, don’t demean Kanye for being a spiritual infant. Sure, he did an event at Joel Osteen’s church. Good for him! Joel needs to hear about Jesus and it was probably the first time Jesus has been proclaimed there.

Ephesians 4:14-16 (NASB)

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

6) Check your expectations. Don’t expect him to be a polished theologian.

See #5 above. He doesn’t know the Bible nor will he be fully versed in a year. He will make statements about the faith that will undoubtedly make us cringe. Learning takes a lifetime. Some of us might need to look in the mirror on this one. We all see the “spiritual truths” you post online…that you learned from your pet…in the clouds…from the whisper of the wind in the trees…

Acts 18:24-26 (NASB)

Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

Jesus, I pray Kanye’s faith is genuine. Please sustain him and keep him rooted in you, focused on you. Please surround him with people who know you, love you, and are mature saints in their faith. May he be teachable and moldable. Please compel us to be kind, loving, and gracious toward him. Please convict him of sin and grow him in obedience to you. In your name and in your power alone Jesus, amen.

2 thoughts on “What shall we do about Kanye?

  1. Linda Olson

    Thank you Dan, I knew the Scriptures you shared, many of the thoughts and comments I have had. But you put them all together and it all makes sense. Thank you. I will being praying for Kanye.

    Linda

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  2. LAWRENCE Edward CARRERA

    Thank you for your comments about Kanye . They are very scripturally sound. I added president Trumps name where Kanye’s is and he needs the same prayer’s LC

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