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Jesus Without The Junk: Fruit of the Lips

By Molly Painter

By Katie Altobellis
One of the first things I can remember developing an affinity for when I was young was music.  Like nothing else, it has always affected my spirit deeply.  But one particular genre I have never been able to stomach is rap. 
It’s angry, degrading lyrically and downright vulgar.  The “artists” do not seem to care who they offend either.  Its appeal to the masses thoroughly escapes my thought processes because I just cannot put reason or value behind it.
 I believe that if one is gifted in any way and given a platform in which to display those gifts, then they are obligated to use those gifts and talents to influence the masses in positive ways.
Kanye West is a rapper and to hear him talk, has always incorporated faith in his music… to the point of comparing himself to Christ.
In 2006, he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with his face bloodied, wearing crown of thorns.  The title of the RS article was “The Passion of Kayne West.”  In a 2009 interview, he stated he did not “feel the responsibility of putting his life on Jesus,” and that he needed to be the one solely responsible for his own life’s successes and failures.”  
His latest album, titled “Yeezus,” contains a track called “I Am a God.”  In the song, West includes lyrics where Jesus is asking him, “What up, Yeezus?”  West’s answer to Jesus is something vulgar and that he’s just “trying to stack these millions.”
When I read his album described as “a solid piece,” and a “fascinating record,” chill bumps went up and down my arms.  I am shocked and stunned by those who claim Christian roots and then claim to the world, “He’s the most high but I am a close high.”
He has a platform but so do I and I am here to remind Mr. West that Christ himself said, “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Do have mercy on others but be wise whom you listen to.
Have a happy and safe July 4th everyone!