Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King has caught heat from some fans over going a religious route content-wise. However, diehard Yeezy supporters and Christians have come forward to simmer down some of the backlash.
Over the past few days, people have relied on Twitter to promise loyalty to Ye’s gospel-driven project.
SOHH co-founder Felicia Palmer has weighed-in on the album’s backlash and offered insight to the religious critics.
“I find it rather hypocritical that self-proclaimed Christians would criticize Kanye West’s faith in Christ citing ‘questionable’ lyrics in his past songs. Meanwhile, these same people will offer full-throated support for Donald Trump, whose past includes sexual misconduct with women, unscrupulous real estate deals and racist statements. If evangelicals can accept Trump as one of theirs then why not Kanye?” (SOHH)
Some Christians have taken direct aim at Kanye and his decision to share his religious beliefs commercially.
Hundreds of hellfire-haters are firing up the Twitterverse — but the controversy about West’s invocation of religious imagery in his work has been around since the early 2000s, critic and self-proclaimed Christian Charlene Kaleina, of Connecticut, tells The Post. Kaleina, 68, says her faith is constantly mocked “because of the strange and weird behavior of people like this man.” “He may be trying to understand Jesus in his own limited way and we cannot judge another’s soul,” the commercial real estate professional tells The Post. “People who follow Christ sense something is not right with this scene.” (NY Post)
Earlier this year, a Christian publication shared its issue with Ye’s weekly celebrity-studded gospel Sunday Service events.
As I watched these Sunday Services, I also wondered who was being glorified. He’s employing a choir of people who are not only singing his songs, but are all dressed in his apparel. Is Christ really at the centre of this gathering? I’m not sure he is. Few churches would explicitly state their services are for the rich and those with social status. But there are Christian leaders out there who seem to always be wearing designer clothes and are benefiting from tithes and offerings which run into the upper hundreds and thousands of pounds or dollars. (Premier Christianity)
A few hours ago, Ye held his Sunday Service in New York City and delivered an epic freestyle.