One of the best lines delivered on the Jesus is King album from Mr. West. This “hands-on” song rings true to me, especially with the state of most American believers today.
I think we are divided, and the confused people of faith are more than we ever have before. Somehow, we agree on the faith itself, but we don’t agree on how to use that faith in our daily decisions that concern us and, most importantly, others. We bring all our dumb ass biases, prejudices, hatreds, and bitterness to our faith, instead of bringing our faith to all of that.
We think we can hate and still have faith. We think it is ok to hide our prejudices behind our faith and people won’t see. It’s so funny, and sad, to watch people attempt that. I’ve experienced prejudice in churches my whole life from people that professed their faith, but somehow were still prejudiced. And calling me a hypocrite behind my back for my indiscretions in the public eye – not too mention those “holier than thou” folk that act like they are the poster child for Jesus.
From what I know, this song is about the frustration Kanye felt from those people of faith that questioned his statement of faith. Who are we to question someone else’s statement of faith – or who are we NOT to question?
There are many people in power that use faith to draw people in that hate anything good, and look like they are running rampant during this monumental time in our world: “You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:17-20)
“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits”.
My thing about Kanye, or anyone else for that matter with fame and popularity such as he has, is that it goes against the grain of our societal norms. Someone that does that is brave, courageous, or just plain stupid, because it could be the end of their career as they knew it. The scripture above says that every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. At some point if it is not good for the consumption of the masses it will be cut down and thrown into the fire to never be of use again.
God allows us to have an exit strategy. Why are we even worried about it? What is it to you? Sooner than later, people will catch on to what kind of fruit it is. You would think we would know what good fruit and bad fruit is, but there is a generation that doesn’t care: they are simply desperate for fruit.
I believe Kanye’s sentiments in this track. Put your hands up, then put your hands on, and pray with me if you question yourself. Or if you are so confused, maybe you need to go back to the basics; “Do unto others as you would want done to you” Pretty easy right? Not for us at this time. We are more hateful than ever, and using faith to prop that hate up to others in search of fruit. What Kanye has done has exposed us all: exposed our faithless BS for what it really is.
“What have you been hearing from the Christians…. They will be the first one’s to judge me.”
Yes, we are instructed to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, our mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as yourself. The love of religion is not found in the same text. So, I will go back to the intro, “Cut out ALL the lights, HE the LIGHT.”
Imagine being at a concert for Jesus. Everyone comes in with their preconceived notions about how faith should look, alongside their prejudices. On stage, He is the light. Greater than the glow of those lesser bic lighters, Jesus comes on stage and says for everyone to blow out their light at once; he will provide the light.
No one can see each other. Everyone’s in the dark. You can no longer see anyone to hate, or to be bitter towards; To ridicule, to belittle, or even try to deceive or get over on. Then, he cuts on His light. His light cuts out all that you thought was light. And all that is left is His blinding, remarkable, unapproachable LIGHT.
Cut out all the lights HE the LIGHT. And HE inspired this remix.