Sunday Service, Kanye West Style...
Anything good has controversy attached to it. This was no different.
The death of His mother, Donda West in 2007, was a pivotal moment in Kanye’s life and career. It would be for any of us who lost our mother. Some say he was forever changed, lost his mind and hasn’t put out good music since.
When entertainment masks truth, one song has been ringing in my ears. Released in 2004 and told through the eyes of a drug dealer, the lyrics reached millions on millions.
Right now, it's still bringing thousands to want to know Jesus as it's played during "Sunday Service," a trending event.
It’s the 15 year anniversary of “Jesus Walks” off the College Dropout album. 15 years and the words are descriptive of today’s world. 15 years and the hairs still stand up on my arm. Listening to it again makes me want to rededicate my life.
The truth never dies.
Despite threats of never getting played, Kanye West understood the importance of his message. Yes, that Kanye West. The one married to that Kardashian.
There's actual biblical foundation behind most of the lyrics and cries of desperation... But I’m also setting the record straight around those that cause confusion...
God show me the way because the Devil's tryin' to break me down (Jesus Walks with me, with me, with me, with me, with me)
We at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all we at war with ourselves…
I walk through the valley of Chi (Chicago) where death is…
Getting choked by detectives yeah, yeah, now check the method
They be asking us questions, harass, and arrest us…
My Mama used to say only Jesus can save us…
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 MSG The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
God show me the way because the Devil's tryin' to break me down
(Jesus Walks with me)
The only thing that I pray is that my feet don't fail me now (I want Jesus)
The walk to redemption isn’t easy or paved with roses. You may feel like turning back, giving up. Remember, most religious tradition tells us Jesus fell 3 times on His way to Calvary. Mark 15:21, says he had help from Simone of Cyrene to carry His cross. I imagine if this was something Jesus also thought in His human form, “Feet don’t fail me now”… The battle is long and often up hill, but you don’t go alone. Keep Walking.
And I don't think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs
(Jesus Walks with me)
I want to talk to God, but I'm afraid because we ain't spoke in so long
(I want Jesus)
That top line is a lie.
One of the biggest lies against ourselves. There is Only One thing you got to do to right your wrongs, at any point in your life. It’s a 2 step process, but I know you got this! Step 1: Believe Jesus is your Lord and Savior. That He died to take the punishment for your sins and rose from the grave. Step 2: Confess your sins to Him and every day make the choice not to repeat those sins.
“Do Not Fear” is written 365 times in the bible. Once for every day of the year. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been, Jesus wants to hear from you. Now. Today.
To the hustlers, killers, murderers, drug dealers even the strippers
(Jesus walks with them)
Jesus came for the sinners. Perfect people don’t need Jesus. We do!
Mark 2:16-17, When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Please know that when Jesus welcomed the sinners, he did not give their lifestyle a free pass. He came to set them (us) free from destructive choices. To heal our emotional scars. To restore life to our bones.
I know He hears me when my feet get weary
Matthew 11:28, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Doesn’t get anymore direct than that.
I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers
… that's the way I need Jesus
John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Well, there you have it. Jesus is the only way we are getting into heaven. The only way our sins can be forgiven. They one one who can change us from the inside out. The only hope we have for our culture.
The bible says we can not live on bread alone, at this point in Kanye’s life, I believe he knew that too.
They said you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tape
But if I talk about God my record won't get played
We see this everywhere! TV, work, school, and especially on social media. We can talk about every religion and their leader, but Not Christianity, Not Jesus. Why?
John 15: 18-25 says it best, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you….If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also….They will treat you this way because of my name…If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin…As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father… ‘They hated me without reason.’
Well let this take away from my spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Mark 8:35 NIV, For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
Mark 8:36 MSG, What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?
Then I hope this take away from my sins
And bring the day that I'm dreaming about
Next time I'm in the club everybody screaming out
God show me the way because the devil trying to break me down
(Jesus Walks with me, with me, with me)
The only thing that I pray is that me feet don't fail me now
Now that top line is where things get mixed up.
There is nothing you can physically do to earn your salvation or a “ticket to heaven”. Grace and Mercy is a gift from Jesus. Writing a song about Him, doing volunteer work, attending church weekly doesn’t subtract from your sin list. ONLY taking part in Jesus’ resurrection can do that.
Not sure what that means exactly?…
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But I will say this… Kanye had EVERYBODY singing “Jesus Walks with Me” at every party, every club, on the block, loud as heck from the car.
We sang with conviction. We sang with heart.
We understood the reality of our society and the truth in Kanye’s words. We put ourselves in the song.
We knew the devil was breathing down our backs. We knew we had to keep walking and prayed Jesus walked with us daily.
I know He still does.