At times the huge audience cheered and applauded…
At other times they sat in stunned silence…
“Bad Boy” rapper-turned-evangelist Kanye West was sharing a clear gospel message as he answered questions from Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen.
My wife and I watched the service as without compromise, West proclaimed the need for a personal relationship with Christ.
Here are 7 things you should know about Kanye West:
1. He has Christian roots.
Most people are unaware that Kanye West grew up in a Christian home … and that his parents had him in church 2 or 3 times a week…
2. After turning away from God, a spiritual transformation began to take place in his life.
He testified that he reached “the lowest point” in his life a little more than a year ago when he checked himself into a hospital as a result of physical and emotional exhaustion – what he describes as a “mental breakdown.”
It was while he was in the hospital that he believes God called him to start a church – but not a traditional church.
It started as a small outdoor gathering of family and friends in Calabasas, California.
West says that after about 4 months, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was born again. That’s around the time the “Sunday Service Experience” – as he calls it – took off and grew into the extravaganza it is today.
3. People are coming to Christ at his “Sunday Service” concerts.
At the Forum in Inglewood, California, West’s powerful concert resulted in hundreds accepting Christ. Most who came forward had never been to church before.
In Houston, West performed his concert at a prison and also at Joel Osteen’s huge auditorium. Repentance and revival took place at both events.
The entire service he performs often lasts between 2 and 2 ½ hours … with a Billy Graham-style alter call at the end to accept Christ.
4. Kanye West is reaching people that might not otherwise be reached.
Whatever one may think of the gaudiness of the entertainment and the brash cockiness of West, one cannot deny that:
- People are coming to “Sunday Service” who have never attended any kind of church in their lives.
- People are hearing the gospel message for the first time – many who formerly called themselves atheists.
- People by the thousands are making public professions of faith in Christ.
5. The secular world is laughing and mocking.
The news media … the talk shows … Hollywood…
They are all mocking and making fun of Kanye West and the gospel…
He is under intense attack. All Christians should be praying for him.
6. Some Christians are also mocking Kanye West.
Many Christians are posing questions and casting doubt on the sincerity of West’s conversion.
Some think he has been genuinely born again … while others think he’s a fraud … or worse.
Some say his new evangelistic antics are just a publicity stunt to increase sales of his latest album, Jesus Is King.
Many Christians think his arrogance and cockiness disqualify him from leading any type of Christian worship service … much less from being an effective evangelist that God can use to bring others to Christ.
Why are Christians so quick to judge other believers who are new to the faith but who have been given – by God’s grace – a large public platform from which to draw many to Christ?
We would do well to heed these words from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount:
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
7. There’s no question that a transformation began in West’s life about a year ago.
There’s also no question that it’s not yet complete – just as every Christian’s spiritual growth is not yet complete.
You may not like Kanye West’s music style, but you must watch these videos…
You will be blessed.
These videos may help you to form a more intelligent and accurate opinion of Kanye West.
Watch this video (7 minutes).
Is Kanye West really a Christian? Watch this video (about 12 minutes).
Watch this video of Kanye West joining Joel Osteen for an on-stage interview at Osteen’s Houston megachurch (20 ½ minutes).
Watch this video that provides a thoughtful response to the Kanye West public announcement that he has given his life to Christ (4 minutes).
Here’s a video – with lyrics – of Kanye West singing “God Is,” one of the songs on his new album, Jesus Is King (about 4 minutes).
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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