Hip-hop fans are reacting positively to Kanye West’s new gospel rap album titled “Jesus is King,” and one wonders if he may be the driving force in starting a new Jesus movement.
Kanye West: Leading a New Jesus Movement?
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
With Kanye West’s new all-gospel hip-hop album entitled “Jesus is King,” finally released, the rapper is getting enthusiastic reviews and support from both the secular and Christian community.
It seems that many believe Kanye has been called by God into this role to make Jesus great again.
They believe Kanye may be leading the new Jesus movement.
The Original Jesus Movement and Jesus Music
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you”
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, an Evangelical Christian phenomenon known as “The Jesus Movement” began on the West Coast in the US, then spread throughout North America, Europe, and Central America before beginning to subside by the late 1980s.
Across America, on high school and college campuses, a profound interest in Christianity began to take root.
A primary driver was so-called “Jesus Music,” a gospel-themed music style that adopted modern musical styles, such as rock, was the precursor to what would later develop into what we now know as contemporary Christian music.
One of the most popular pieces of music during this time was the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera written in 1970 composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, which made its Broadway debut in 1971.
Twitter Lit up with Positive Comments
“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
“I’m rooting for anybody tryna make Jesus famous.”
“Regardless of how you feel about #KanyeWest the content is refreshing to hear. God will get His glory. And #JesusIsKing.”
“I am excited there is one less rap album in the world that perpetuates poisonous messaging. I am genuinely excited that there is one more person in the world who is on their journey with Jesus.”
“I LOVE that the album is called “Jesus is King”. No better title for an album. God decided to flex His Son’s glory at the top of the charts and trending- for all to see.”
Turning Rap Stereotypes Around
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;”
– 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
One fellow rapper pointed out how the secular music business promotes themes that are everything opposite to Christianity.
“God doesn’t like that we talk about money, cars, clothes, & hoes,” he wrote.
He also added that albums such as Kanye’s “Jesus is King” are just what culture needs to lead people toward Jesus.
“A culture that is on the verge of great breakdown is also on the verge of great awakening. Pray God would send the latter…we will continue to hope, pray and remain faithful regardless the outcome. #HGA #jesusisking.”
There seems to be little doubt that YouTube Christian music will soon be dominated by Kanye West.