Either this is the best 2020 celebrity flex troll we’ll ever see, or Kanye West is seriously looking at running for president (of the United States). And, Elon Musk tweeted that Kanye has “my full support.”
Now, Kanye is a billionaire (worth approximately $1.3 billion, says Google). Obviously, Elon Musk, whose Tesla Motors is now the most valuable automobile manufacturer in the world, as well as the only man who owns both a car company and a rocket company to launch one of the cars he makes to Mars, is worth billions and billions. Between the two of them, they could plaster America coast to coast while enjoying name recognition somewhere just beneath that of “Donald Trump.”
Is it even possible that Kanye could run?
Given current state ballot access laws, the possibility is very, very slim; vanishingly slim. However, it’s not impossible, even if Kanye had to run as a write-in candidate. But it would take a miracle for him to have any impact.
And a miracle is exactly what Kanye would need, especially given his recent, seemingly authentic and humble, radical conversion in becoming a powerful Christ follower.
In fact, should Kanye win, he might just be the “Josiah” president. If you’re not familiar with the reference, it’s from the Bible, in 2 Kings chapter 22. Josiah’s grandfather and father, kings of Judah, were both idol-worshippers. His grandfather Manasseh was so evil that the Bible records “Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” (2 Kings 21:16.)
Manasseh’s son, Amon, was only 22 when he took the throne, and continued in his father’s ways. His reign was short, because his own officials conspired against him and had him assassinated after just two years. The outcry was so great in the land that the people rebelled, killed the conspirators, and put 8-year-old Josiah on the throne. It was a miracle that brought a child to rule in Judah.
Josiah followed the Lord, and for 18 years he ruled as a Godly king, when he decided to renovate and restore the Temple of God. It was during that project that the High Priest found the books of the Law in the Temple–which presumably had been lost to history during Josiah’s grandfather’s and father’s reign.
11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. 12 He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: 13 “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”2 Kings 22:11-13
Josiah spent the rest of his reign undoing the evil his predecessors did. He tore down the altars dedicated to idols. He desecrated the worship places used to worship pagan gods. He removed the shrines to foreign gods and slaughtered the priests working in those places.
24 Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord. 25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.2 Kings 23:24-25
King Josiah’s actions, while pleasing to the Lord, did not change the Lord’s judgment against Judah. However, it did prepare the people and the place for God’s purpose.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Josiah in the White House, following God with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength. I’m not saying Kanye West is perfect, or even that his conversion is absolute. What I have seen and heard, however, tells me his heart change is authentic.
There is no better evangelist than a white-hot new convert, eager to soak up all the knowledge, all the spiritual power available from the Holy Spirit, and all the transforming grace and sanctification available to those who follow Jesus Christ completely, abandoning themselves to His purpose.
If it’s God’s purpose to put Kanye West in the White House, there will be a miracle. It will take one that only God can do.
For what it’s worth, I’d seriously consider voting for him, even as a write-in.
Why? Because I believe I know what/who he stands for. Either that, or, as I began this post, this is the biggest celebrity flex troll in 2020. I honestly hope it’s not.