All the “cool” people will know why this week’s post is titled, “Jesus is King” Don’t worry. I’m mostly joking with that first sentence. I confess. It was barely on my radar. Kanye West, a world renowned rapper, released a new album last week with that title. (Caution: the songs may contain some explicit lyrics.) But, they are filled with powerful messages. Here are just a couple found in the album:
Jesus is King.
The Gospel is for damaged souls.
It’s about putting our faith in our Father.
God is faithful.
Here is a brief quote from his song, “God Is”
Every time I look up, I see God's faithfulness
And it shows just how much He is miraculous
I can't keep it to myself, I can't sit here and be still
Everybody, I will tell 'til the whole world is healed
Go ahead and Google the lyrics for the entire song. It’s worth a read even if you aren’t sure you like rap music.
This album has created quite the excitement. Some are celebrating it. Others aren’t sure what to think. Kanye has not know the love of Jesus in this way all of his life. However, listen to the lyrics. He now wants to share it with the “whole world!” More specifically, he wants to “tell ‘til the whole world is healed.”
It reminds me of the time when the disciples came back to Jesus, seeking to “warn him.”
38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.”
39 Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can quickly turn around and curse me. 40 Whoever isn’t against us is for us. (Mark 9)
I don’t know Kanye’s story. I do know that millions of people are hearing these truths, and I want to celebrate that today.
P.S. Do you know that you are loved, that you matter and that God is at work in your life? We want you to be able to answer yes to those questions. That’s our focus here at Barnitz and Mt. Zion, Connecting People to Christ’s Love. Check out our times and locations and consider joining us some Sunday morning. We look forward to seeing you then!