There’s a guy out there that’s pretty famous. He’s been all over the place saying and doing things that are anti-Christian. Now, he says he has become a follower of Jesus. He claims to be rejecting his former way of life. A lot of people are now saying it’s a trick…it isn’t authentic…it’s a publicity stunt. Some of those most objecting to his “new found” faith are top leaders of The Church. How should we respond?
The guy?… His name is not Kanye…it’s Paul–or better yet, Saul. He claims he met Jesus on a road and his life was radically changed. However, the Word says “When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.” (Acts 9:26 NAS) One man though, not an apostle, Barnabas “…took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus” (v.28 NAS).
Now, I know Kanye is not an apostle…nor is he claiming to be. But shouldn’t The Church be rejoicing that one has come to know Christ and is beginning his walk with Jesus? Should we not embrace him – encourage him – disciple him, and celebrate God’s great saving power?
To those who believe him to be a fake, or that this is a publicity stunt…maybe. It’s just not up for me to determine. We will know him by his fruit. In fact, you might say the same about me…is he a fake? Watch for the fruit, but be very careful how you call out one who claims to have received God’s salvation. Gamaliel stated it pretty well in Scripture when he told the Pharisees concerning Peter and the apostles, “if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39 NAS).
I have plenty in my own life to want God to change. I don’t need to fix everybody else. And by the way, Kanye, if you’re reading this (and I know you are), you are welcome at my table anytime, and you are welcome to worship Jesus with me every time!