A music superstar and social influencer is now leading worship services after accepting Christ – but believers are being advised to let Kanye West "breathe" for just a bit before responding hastily.
When it comes to rap or hip hop … or to songwriters, record producers, or fashion designers … West (known popularly as just "Kanye") has been at the top of the secular charts for more than a decade. But lately, this is what he's been doing:
West: "Let's not be concerned with the opinions of men at all. Only the opinion of God. I know we say this is the culture or that is the culture. To be radically in service to Christ is the only culture that I want to know about." (Atlanta, GA, September 15, 2019)
Since Easter, West has been leading Sunday worship services, singing, and testifying to God's work in his life. Wil Addison, co-host of "Airing the Addisons" on American Family Radio, has been keeping up.
"There may be some genuine things happening with Kanye West," Addison offers. "At the same time, I think [as] Christians we don't give people room to grow or to get discipled. That's my fear."
The radio host says it's tempting for Christians to claim a famous convert as "one of our own."
"We, as the Church, sometimes we're too quick on the draw to say, OK, he's one of us. Now we have a celebrity. Now Jesus is cool," he shares. "We need to pump the brakes a little bit and let him breathe. If he has truly been converted, it will show."
West has a gospel-themed album coming out later this month. Addison says the one after that might be a better indicator of the strength of Kanye West's newfound faith.
On Tuesday, West was a topic of conversation on "Airing the Addisons" (listen here).