Kanye West. Just the mention of his name brings about mixed emotions. Many hate him for his very public arrogance and some (such as myself) see him as a creative genius.
In one of the songs on this egocentric artist’s newest album aptly named “I Am A God”, he raps the line: “As soon as they like you, make ’em unlike you.” Who would say something like that? Why wouldn’t you want to be liked?
Strangely, it made me think of Christianity. You could have the dopest, deepest conversations with someone. You could go for days on end about everything from good weave to bad breath, from hot wings to cold lightskins, from MacBooks to mac ‘n cheese. But the second you say something about Jesus, something changes. They become a little uncomfortable. They look at you a little different. Your conversations become a little less frequent because you just can’t stop mentioning Jesus’s name.
You have one of two choices at this point:
1. Stop talking about Jesus so they’ll like you again, or
2. Take Kanye West’s advice and “make ’em unlike you”.
Now I’m not saying to make everyone not like you, and I’m not saying everyone will stop liking you if you talk about Jesus. I’m saying, don’t hesitate to talk about Christ and what He’s done for you just because it’ll make someone a little uncomfortable. It’s supposed to make them uncomfortable.
People will say you’re judging them, but it’s not your judgement that’s making them uncomfortable, it’s God’s judgement. (Now if you’re judging people I recommend you ask God to help you stop. Judge not lest ye be judged.) That’s what we fear most. God’s judgement. It makes people uncomfortable with how they’re living for fear they may actually be living (gasp) wrong.
And I’m not saying I (or other Christians for that matter) are living right, but when you’re living with God at the head of your life, you don’t have to worry about living “right” because you’ll realize there’s only one way to live, and that’s through Him.
So when you see someone’s attitude toward you change at your mention of Jesus, or God, or the Holy Spirit, don’t fret. When Jesus fed the 5,000 people, they were absolutely infatuated with him. I mean, if Jesus gives me free fish? That’s fam foreal. But when He began speaking that He was the “bread of life” and whoever “eats his flesh” and “drinks his blood” will have “eternal life”, something changed. He was no longer taking them on lunch dates to Panera, but on trips to a strange land full of metaphors of spiritual cannibalism.
As soon as they liked him, He made them unlike Him.
Don’t stop talking about Jesus just because people may not like it. If it’s in their hearts to receive Him, it will happen. If it’s not, they will simply continue on with their lives.
Either way, God will be just as pleased with you. Maybe not as much for heeding the advice of Kanye West, but I think you get the point.