Kanye, Christ, and C.S. Lewis

‘M thinking he was going for stylistically gospel,” Lecrae said of Kanye West’s 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.” “If he’s talking about the content, I think it’s another story altogether.” Three years later, Kanye’s new release “Jesus Is King” aims for both gospel style and gospel content. West explains the marked difference as a result of his radical conversion to Christ.

I published a short piece about Kanye’s conversion and new album at Baptist Press yesterday. You can read the entire article here. My goal was to introduce Kanye West’s recent album to readers who might not be familiar with the artist, and to offer my suggestions for how we should pray for him. Here’s the final paragraph wherein I compare Kanye’s conversion and album to C.S. Lewis, something my theology students will likely roll their eyes at due to my incessant references to the British author:

C.S. Lewis once said, “Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.” Lewis, who came to Christian faith as a reluctant atheist, published a description of his conversion two years after the fact in a book titled “The Pilgrim’s Regress.” Those who love the Narnia stories might be surprised to read Lewis’ unveiled references to sexual experimentation in his allegorical description of his journey to faith. “But Lewis was a new believer,” some might retort. Fair enough. Let’s afford that same space to Kanye.

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