David Robertson, a Scottish pastor now living and preaching in Australia, is also a brilliant and prolific blogger. He’s someone whose opinions I’ve come to respect, so in that spirit I eagerly read his post about Kanye West’s getting down with the gospel. Here’s a little of what he had to say:
“We acknowledge that God is sovereign and that means that no one is saved without his initiative, but also that no one is beyond redemption. The Lord doesn’t save who we determine, he saves who he determines. He takes the lowly, the weak, and often the unusual. His ways are not our ways. Which is why I have no difficulty in believing that God has worked through his Spirit in Kanye’s heart.
“But we also recognize that sin is powerful and that new converts need to be encouraged, discipled and protected. They don’t lead churches. We also know that all human beings are weak and fallible – and so we don’t place our trust in politicians, celebrities or church leaders. In other words like the angels in heaven we rejoice over one sinner who repents, but unlike the angels in heaven we don’t know whose are the Lord’s; he does. Here are just a couple of snippets from the recent interviews and Kanye’s album.”
Kanye: “I’m not a theologian, I’m a recent convert. My only mission and calling is to spread the gospel.”
Lyrics from Closed on Sunday: “Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A. You’re my number one, with the lemonade;
Raise our sons, train them in the faith.
Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake
Follow Jesus, listen and obey.
No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave.“
“I bow down to the King upon the throne, My life is His, I’m no longer my own.”
That sure sounds like a believer to me! Meanwhile I am reminded of another songwriter, King David, who wrote about the attitude of the Lord to those who laugh at and mock him.
“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us. ‘He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision’.” – Psalm 2:1-4.
Last week, #JesusisKing was trending on Twitter – and Times Square was projecting ‘Jesus is King’ on the surrounding buildings. The One enthroned in heaven laughs!
Note to “cultural Christians: JUST DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP. THE LORD IS STILL SOVEREIGN WHEN NO LONGER TRENDING ON TWITTER.