I’m a Christian and I am hypocritical. Nothing has highlighted that more than Kanye West’s recent album. I have never been a Kanye fan, I thought the whole Yeezus thing was ridiculous so when I heard about his new found Christianity I IMMEDIATELY judged it as hype.
Then, my husband played the album for me and within a minute of listening to Follow God, I had to repent for my thinking. We are all broken people, even Christians. Following Christ does not make us perfect; it makes us forgiven and we should never think that exposure to God equals immunity to sin. Who am I to question someone’s walk with God? Aren’t Christ followers supposed to rejoice at someone’s decision to follow Christ? Why then, do we meet others professions of faith with disbelief and ridicule?
Saul, the guy who KILLED Christians had a Road to Damascus experience. Grace, mercy and forgivnenss were not withheld from him. When Jesus died on the cross He died for EVERYONE. Every single person in this world is worthy of the unconditional love of the Heavenly Father and no one is more deserving of forgiveness than the other. If Saul, who became Paul, was worthy of a life-changing encounter with Christ, isn’t everyone? Including Kanye West?
We as Christians tarnish the purity of the Gospel when we view others repentance with a judgmental heart and accuse Christlike transformations as being hype and unreal. Sometimes believers can be so entrenched in “being Christians” that we forget to BE Christians, aka CHRIST LIKE. I was reminded while listening to Kayne’s album that God is so merciful and gracious that He continues to see potential in ME despite the countless screwups I have had during my Christian walk.
In a letter to Timothy Paul wrote: ” Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to SAVE SINNERS. I’m proof – Public Sinner Number One- of someone who could have never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now He shows me off – eveidence of his endless patience- to those who are right on the edge of trusting Him forever” (1 Timothy 1:15-19 MSG)
I have had my own road to Damascus expereince and I am not more worthy than anyone else, I am simply forgiven and I am, like Kanye, a sinner saved by grace,