by Mary Stout
Invariably as I get older, I am finding Scripture has the answer to any question we have as we traverse the trials of this life. Especially these days when the news is so filled many negative things. When I hear something on the news that is controversial or confusing to me, often I turn to God to help me make sense out of it.
Recently I found the news of Kanye West’s conversion filled with critics. For those who don’t know Kanye, he is an American rapper who is married to Kim Kardashian. He started doing something called a Sunday service that is popular. It’s filled with celebrities and focuses on uplifting others through worship. Recently, he announced he had found Jesus and released an album called Jesus is King. Critics said he was doing it for the money or just ignored him. I don’t normally take notice of things like this too much. One of my favorite theologians said he had listened to Kanye’s album and every song was theologically sound. It helped me realize I would find an answer in the Bible.
Philippians 1:15-18 New International Version (NIV)
“15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,”
We are here to share the Good News, Let’s not worry about how it gets done. As Paul says in these verses, rejoice over the Good News. Just as God met you when you were at the point of justification, so should we follow his example and rejoice over one more added to the Kingdom.
Prayer: Father, help us rejoice whenever we hear of the Good News being preached. No matter how it gets done, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Show us your truth and lead us to celebrate with others as we proclaim Jesus throughout the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mary Stout, CLYL