When megastar rapper Kanye West visited the inmates and guards at the jails in Harris County, Texas, they were not just given a bit of entertainment to pass the time—they were given all the richness of the Gospel that Kanye has been so fervently preaching as of late.
“You know, it really was like a worship service,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said of the appearance, according to The Blaze.
“Very uplifting, not only for the inmates that are in here, you could see some, you know, down on their knees in prayer, to even some of our teammates that were brought to tears, even his choir,” Gonzalez added. “It was a very powerful moment.”
In the lyrics to “God Is,” one of the tracks off of West’s billboard-topping “Jesus Is King” album, the newly-converted rapper tells listeners, “This is a mission, not a show!”
“Say what you want about the man. But @kanyewest and his choir brought some light to people who needed it today at the Harris County Jail,” tweeted Jason Spencer, spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
— Jason Spencer (@JSpencer_HCSO) November 15, 2019
As we have covered recently, West’s conversion from worldly and openly sinful rap star to humble minister of the Gospel is worth giving God all the glory and praise, as he has now chosen to do with his music career.
It’s amazing enough that Jesus has demonstrated his mighty power to save in a man like West. What has really blown us away, however, is that, unlike many other entertainers before him, he is not content to simply make lukewarm, ambiguous references to faith or write easy, generic songs with a nominally Christian theme to them.
West is bringing the true Gospel. He’s lacing his lyrics heavily with Scripture. He’s calling his listeners to repentance. Furthermore, he’s speaking up more than virtually any contemporary Christian musician on the evils of abortion, fornication, and other plagues on the culture he wishes to reach.
Like Johnny Cash’s famous visit to the inmates of Folsom Prison in the ‘60s, where he riled them up with country and folk songs about, among other things, winding up in prison, West took the only message that matters—the only message with the power to save—to the men and women of Harris County Jail. Please pray that seeds were planted and watered at this “mission!”
Remember, folks, Kanye West is still a babe in Christ. His fervor to share the Gospel only means the enemy will fight harder to get him back. Let’s give God the glory for the amazing way He is using Kanye, but keep in mind the man behind the message who needs our love and prayers. As he says in another incredible song from “Jesus Is King:”
Yes, I understand your reluctancy, yeah
But I have a request, you see
Don’t throw me up, lay your hands on me
Please, pray for me.
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