Kanye West – A man who needs no introduction as arguably the worlds leading music artist released his ninth studio album “Jesus is King” and the music industry has not been left the same nor will it ever be left the same. Word has spread far and wide of Kayne’s turning to Christ and serving the church with his talent and everybody is talking about it. Debate is held if the music is any good or not, what people like or dislike about it, the modern day pharisees lecture each other whether he’s a true convert or not – Unfortunately it all gets very contrasting which is why I’ve withheld my opinion until now. Today I am sharing some key points on Kayne’s new direction in life which gives a window into how things will be from now on. The music, though I like it, is less important than getting a feel for the personhood of Kayne. His character change has shifted towards three pillars that summarize the drastic changes in his life.
Mission – Outlook – Perspective
It’s clear he’s on a blunt nose mission to tell the world what Jesus has done for him and what that now means going forward as an artist, business man and most importantly, a family man. He is forceful on the movement that Christians are having ‘their time’ for innovation, on or off stage, while in his own words believes God is using him to ‘show off’. A lot of eyes and ears are on this man and lovers and haters watch on with intrigue. Whether you are rich or poor, lowly or of high societal status such as Mr. West and his family, God has his way to ‘bring forth’ what is referred to as the Kingdom of God. Reference to what I mean is below.
Old Testament – Prophecy
Daniel 2:44 “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,”
New Testament – Call to Action
Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
I share in some of Kayne’s motives about what living out life should look like. Though I get I have friends and family who will not agree, I deeply believe the Christian life in particular is the normative (regular/original) way we ought to live. Once you leave this design that is where the corruption of the world seems to have it’s way and you are rarely left the same. Kayne in many of his interviews opens up about some of the things that consumed him before God gave him a way out.
In Colossians 1:16 it says: “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
If anybody can offer me a better summary of what the meaning of life is, please share in the comment section below.
Worship is something that we all do and all of life is ‘worship’ (meaning to venerate). However, what we are worshiping is what matters most to the health of our soul. Obvious examples of worldly corruption can look like the hoarding of money or stuff, the job that takes over your life or the obsession over self appearance and self improvement. Lesser good-things such as getting married, helping the poor and giving to charity can just as easily become ultimate objects of worship otherwise known as ‘idols’. Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York) mentions human beings in our fallen nature, are ‘idol making factories’. We have a proclivity towards making one goal or thing all encompassing, creating disorder in the heart.
It’s easy to take a few stab guesses at what Kayne’s idols were before his journey in faith but what matters the most is where he is taking things now. It is no longer fame for fame’s sake, money for money’s sake and making a name ‘for himself’ but now the music he makes and the various industries he works in are all about directing you back to God’s name.
James Corden from his famous late night show asks:
“Do you look back on some of those things you mention there [previous controversy] with regret, or do you look at it and that was all a journey that got me here?”
Kayne: “I have no regret and no shame. That’s the biggest thing is me being a perfectionist, that’s such a blasphemous statement to make. To think that as a man you can perfect anything, God is the only thing that is perfect. So the only thing that can be perfect is God’s plans.”
Jimmy Kimmel of another popular late night show plays a video clip of daughter North dancing to the albums Imax movie featuring. Kayne responds:
“I love the fact my daughter wants to go to church and she has such a positive thought association to going to church because it’s outside the traditional four walls and outside the pews. Now that God has called me and I’ve now given my life to Jesus Christ, and I work for God. Now we have christian innovation in our time.”
Zayne Lowe pitched a more personal one to one interview while at Kayne’s secluded property in Wyoming asked:
“Your life at [age] 42, and being a man of faith serving God and the gospel, have you been able to find peace with the challenges of your life?”
Kayne: Yes, I’m at peace. I give it all up to God. Sometimes we will sit around and start to get mad about something or scream about something and I’m rude and you know, I have a rude spirit and a rude spirit that I need to work on by grace!