About twenty minutes into the Rogan/Kanye interview I heard this *paraphrased* quote from Kanye and I liked it so much I drew it out.
If you’ve spent enough time in an American Christian Church you’ll eventually hear someone paraphrase 1 Corinthians 3:2 to the tune of “I want meat not milk.” Along those lines I think I really like what Kanye is saying here – he doesn’t need a dressed-up sermon; he wants to hear the word. I can relate to that. I listen to a lot of sermons and I find there are times when the message is supported by the Word and there are times when the message IS the Word. I remember visiting a church years ago and was struck by all the sauce; the crazy coffee shop, the super-expensive high resolution screens, the smoke machines and the “set.” None of that was bad but I couldn’t tell you the message I heard at that time. All I remember is the sauce. There was another time I heard a pastor speak at a conference and his message was so clear that I can still recite the back half after 16+ years. He had no set and no slides. It was all solid food.
I’m not here to make any judgements on Kanye – in listening to him speak I hear someone who is excited and passionate about a lot of different things. Like anyone else I pray that he fulfills the purpose that God has placed him here for.