Jesus is king

January 15th, 2020

Rapper Kanye West recently released what many consider to be his most controversial album to date titled Jesus Is King. Described by West as “an expression of the gospel,” the album focuses on his faith in Jesus and his desire to share his faith with others. The album exploded across genres as it topped charts on the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums. Beyond the U.S., the album topped charts in 15 other countries. Yet, what leaves many skeptical about West and his renewed faith is his polarizing past, which has included extreme statements and viewpoints regarding politics and race. Others also find it difficult to quickly accept with much credibility West’s lyrics that preach humility and servitude, which many would say contrasts his former egocentric and selfish persona.

To cancel or reconcile

The divided reaction to West’s new album is reflective of a greater epidemic existing within our culture: the concept of canceling celebrities. To cancel a celebrity would be to “take away their power or their cultural capital [through] a personal boycott or a public shaming.” In some ways, canceling has been effective in bringing to light important issues such as sexual assault and racism among some rich and famous. Yet, what is difficult to determine regarding canceling is where the line should be drawn. Further, when we try to write anyone out of our lives permanently, we prevent any possibility for repentance, forgiveness or reconciliation.

Jesus never canceled people, even when the rest of the world had already chosen to do so. He was determined to pursue wandering sheep forever and celebrate when one was found. The apostle Paul called us to the same ministry of reconciliation. We are called to give second chances because we have received second chances. Also, we are called to offer the gift of grace because we have been redeemed by that same gift.

Question of the day: When have you reconciled a relationship?
Focal Scriptures: Genesis 44; Luke 15:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

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