The philosophy of Kanye West

marinda, 08 October 2008, No comments
Categories: Christian Living, Random Thoughts

Today while Eli was taking his nap, I turned on the tv for some background noise while I did my cleaning.  I was in the bedroom working, but needed something to dust with, so I went into the living room.  The Ellen Show was on, and her guest was grammy winning rapper Kanye West.  His comments were intriguing to me and I am thankful that I walked in at the perfect time, because up until that point, I really wasn’t sure what I’d write about today.  Thanks to Mr. West, that no longer is a problem.

I normally wouldn’t have paid the tv any attention, but I heard Kanye West say that he was raised in the Baptist Church.  I was intrigued, so I sat and listened.  He said that as he grew up he began to notice that there were several things from other religions that seemed to parallel what he was learning in church.  So he decided to choose the things from each religion that were applicable to him in the 21st century, rather than basing his life on something that was written for people thousands of years ago.  He has taken these philosophies and put them in a book, which he gives out at his concerts.  He also told the audience that he hates to read and only does so if it is absolutely necessary. 

My worldview red flag went up and I immediately thought of this verse:

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.  Judges 21:25

That verse may have been written thousands of years ago, but it sure is applicable to our world today.  In fact, the Bible is absolute truth, good for all people at all times in all places.  However, when we do not serve the King of Kings then people get to decide for themselves what is right and wrong.  There is no standard.  So even though Kanye West was raised in the church, he has now decided to do what is right in his own eyes.  He then takes that a step further, by passing on his patchwork philosophies through his music and book.  Mr. West is not alone in creating his own worldview based on nothing more than what he thinks is right.  This way of thinking is rampant in the world today.  Unfortunately it has also creeped into our churches. 

The only way we can decide if something is right or wrong is by placing it against the standard of God’s Word.  Otherwise we can fall into the trap of doing what is right in our own eyes.  When we read, listen to music, watch tv or movies, or have conversations I encourage you to do so with an active mind.   Measure what you hearing by the only standard which is truth, God’s Word. 

Remember what Paul said to the Colossian church in Colossians 2:8.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

Also written thousands of years ago, this verse still is a useful warning to Christians today.  Kanye West has made a decision on how he will live based on nothing more than things he finds interesting. It is a shame that Mr. West doesn’t find the value in reading.  Perhaps then it wouldn’t have been so easy to lead him astray from the truth that was presented to him so early on.  There is no doubt of his musical talent and his ability to rhyme is impeccable. Then again, I could say the same thing for Dr. Seuss, but I’m certainly not basing my worldview on his work.


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