It’s been a few days since Kanye West shocked the Cultural Marxist establishment by both declaring that he finds commentator Candace Owens’ declarations to be interesting and posting a picture where he is shown wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Being that miss Owens is of the political persuasion that is almost entirely scorned by American celebrity culture, those that belong to it have vociferously denounced West with the intention of shaming him into retracting his statements.
Conversely, many on the Right were riotously celebrating Kanye’s supposed assent to conservative thought. It appears that they were too quick to lionize mister West, since he proceeded to clarify that he is no conservative but detests monolithic thought through his Twitter feed. Surely, it’s a good start for Kanye, but not enough to anoint him a “conservative” as many within the tribe wish would occur with more frequency from high-profile circles. Therein lies the point of this article – seeking validation where there is none to be found and shouldn’t be sought.
This erroneous attitude has unfortunately infiltrated itself within evangelical circles. Instead of seeking and finding validation for the faith in its founder, Jesus Christ, countless Christians seek approbation for Christianity from Christian celebrities (as paradoxical as that phrase is). Forget that the truth of the Gospel is to be found through Christ (the Truth) and in the book the the Good Lord inspired and used to reveal truth. Many bypass the source that both communicates and proves the veracity of its teachings and instead appeal to mere men, seeking in said men a justification for their beliefs. It’s lunacy when one thinks about it.
Attempting to vindicate what one believes not based on the principles themselves but on whether or not a person who says they assent to said principles (either wholly or in part) has a massive following is defective and dangerous thinking. This is because man is fallible, subject to hypocrisies and corrupting influences. Hence, those same hypocrisies and corruptions can find their way into the hearts and minds of those that seek validation for their beliefs in men. Consider this one of the onerous effects of idolatry.
What I’ve asserted can be proven by using Kanye West himself as an example. Has he repented of stating on live television that George W. Bush hates black people? (Update: I just learned that West stated to a TMZ host that he recants this statement.) Has he ever regretted and apologized for being an agent of licentiousness through his so-called music, even writing a blasphemous song titled “I am God”? I guess wearing a MAGA hat and declaring Candace Owens to be superb are enough to appease conservatives – without West ever atoning for his constant misdeeds. Again, consider this another effect of idolatry; being willing to sacrifice principles in the name of claiming a celebrity is now one of your own in the name of validation.
I can understand why the Left are virulently criticizing West. They’re scared that their monopoly over the mediums they use to spread their falsehoods and depravity are being threatened by one of their own, questioning the thought plantation, as it were. Still, the development doesn’t make mute what I have communicated here.
The point is, whether or not Kanye West becomes a full fledged conservative is irrelevant since it has no bearing on conservative principles themselves. The same applies to Christianity. Now, if only many self-proclaimed Christians could understand this…