Is Kanye's Conversion For Real?
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
“I want to let you guys know that I am not here for your entertainment this afternoon. We are here to spread the gospel.” – Kanye West
Rap star Kanye West has captured global headlines in recent months with stories about his conversion to Christianity. Turning his back on the hyper-sexualized pop culture he helped create, West is now promoting abstinence before marriage and responsible fatherhood. His newest release, “Jesus is King”, is selling like hotcakes, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
"Music is my job," West said. "That's why I'm putting out the album. Serving God in everything that I can do is my job. That's why I'm here. That's why I'm on the planet is to be in service and in fear, love, and service to God."
Is West’s conversion for real? It’s too early to tell, but he is certainly saying and doing all the right things. And so, even though I have no intention of buying his gospel/rap album, I am praying for it to set all kinds of records. I am also praying for God to surround Kanye with mature Christians who will shelter and disciple him, instead of taking advantage of him.
In modern-day Christianity, it is tempting to promote a new believer too soon, especially if he or she is a celebrity. But doing so is a grave disservice to the “baby Christian”, who should be feeding on the milk of the Word instead of teaching others. That is one of the reasons why Paul warned against prematurely elevating a novice in I Timothy 3:6. In fact, Paul seemingly followed his own advice in this matter, isolating himself for three years between his conversion and the start of his public ministry (see Galatians 1:15-19).
Lamar Odom, a former NBA All-Star and two-time World Champion, also recently made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Thankfully, his pastor told people to be patient with Lamar, saying that it is a process for any new believer.
“It takes time to become the Christian that I know he wants to be,” Dr. A.R. Vernon said, “and we’re committed to helping him find a good local church in the city that he’s in and I encouraged him to read the gospels 20 minutes every day and commit himself to Jesus through prayer.”
Please join me in praying for these new brothers in Christ, that their new-found faith would take root in rich soil and bear much spiritual fruit… and that fellow believers would give them a chance to prove themselves and grow.
“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.” Acts 19:18-19 (NKJV)