Kanye West is one of those famous people who got that way by being unusually talented at something – in his case, music and entrepreneurship – and being unlike pretty much anybody else in American public life.
That makes him, depending upon your perspective, either unique and fascinating, or weird and puzzling. Either way, he’s not a take-him-or-leave-him kind of guy.
Love or despise him, though, West is a major influence on contemporary American culture and that makes him relevant in multiple ways for folks working on Capitol Hill.
(For one thing, he may be a canary in the coal mine of American politics, telling us in advance of a coming seismic shift in the way Black Americans see things in Washington, D.C. That, as Sen. Bernie Sanders might say, would be huuuuge on Capitol Hill.)
If all you think of when West is mentioned is his controversial interruption of Taylor Swift during her 2009 Video Music Awards acceptance speech, or perhaps his more recent conversation with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, then you likely have an incomplete picture of the man.
No, I’m also not referring to the additional fact that West is married to Kim Kardashian and they have three kids and, contrary to all expectations, seem to be in a settled, healthy relationship. Or to the fact West has made beaucoup money and not just from being a successful musical artist.
What I’m referring to is the spiritual change that’s apparently taken place in the man’s heart, as seen in his hosting some, uh, interesting “Sunday Worship” services in Detroit, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and other venues. Something unexpected is going on with this guy.
Some critics suggest West is simply using religion as a marketing tool for his latest album and his brand more generally. That’s one way to look at it and I understand why some folks would do so. To understand it another way, however, check out this story by Herb Scribner in Saturday’s Deseret News concerning the Salt Lake City Sunday Service.
My thought is that West seems sincere, which is bolstered by the message he’s spreading. So check out this video of the pastor who has been working with West for some time, Adam Tyson, pastor of Placerita Bible Church in California.
Tyson spoke at the recent Detroit Sunday Service and provided a concise message that explains the core of what West now appears to be all about. I have a feeling this is no passing thing:
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