Mark Driscoll Nails Kanye West ~ BitterSweetLife

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mark Driscoll Nails Kanye West

As a guy who was skeptical about Kanye West's self-ascribed holiness even before Relevant Magazine publically repented of their kissy-faced endorsement of him, this short piece by Mark Driscoll caught my eye: Kanye West Wants to be Jesus When He Grows Up.

Driscoll comments on Kanye's Rolling Stone debut, in which the modest rapper suggested that a really fresh revision of the Bible would somehow weave him in as God's own storyteller:

Nearly everyone who crosses over the manic line thinks they are Jesus Christ. Why? Because even if you are as lost as Dick Cheney in the brush, deep down we all know that Jesus is the most supreme person who has ever lived and the Bible is the most supreme book that has ever been written. Therefore, likely without even knowing it, Kanye’s desire to be like Jesus is in some ways a twisted honor to achieve the one thing he never can—glory.

That rat-tat-tat sound you hear is another round of acerbic truth pounding home. You may want to grab the whole article.

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Matt Christenot said...

It's a bitter irony that Kanye went this direction. I say that because the "hipper" christian community was quick to embrace Kanye's music because of one song that metioned "Jesus." Christians love to have a celeb on their side. Some how we think it legitmizes us. That is until Mel spews anti-semitic remarks or Kanye thinks he's Jesus. Ariel, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how we should approach celebs who engage in spiritual issues.

John said...

I don't know if it was intentional, but the title for this post is just hilarious.

Ariel said...

Matt:"Ariel, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how we should approach celebs who engage in spiritual issues."

I tend to be skeptical about Jesus lovin' celebs for two reasons. 1) It's embarassing how some Christians rush to claim famous "converts" like trophies and then wave them around like they validate Christ. 2) It would be incredibly hard to be wealthy, famous, and surrounded by adoring women (speaking as a guy) - and genuinely come to Christ.

As Jesus said, it's easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Ever since his statement, affluent societies have been doing their best to create a larger needle and whittle those camel humps down to size, but to no avail...

When I hear about celebrities coming to faith, I make a mental note to check back in a few years and see what they've done since. This isn't to say that I scoff when a rich and talented influencer trusts Christ. (I'm still thanking God for saving Johnny Cash.) I just know the odds are against it and the evidence won't be readily available.


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