Pastors welcome Kanye West to Jamaica

Rapper Kanye West will perform in Jamaica on Friday.
Rapper Kanye West will perform in Jamaica on Friday.

Although some persons have questioned the reason for Kanye West’s performance in Jamaica, it seems some clergymen have welcomed him with open arms.

The American rapper shocked many Jamaicans on Wednesday when it was announced that he would be bringing his Sunday Service Music Experience to the Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday at 7 p.m.

“If he’s praising God, then it is good.”

— Rev Dr Al Miller

And while there is some scrutiny, Rev Dr Al Miller, the pastor at Fellowship Tabernacle, has no issue with Kanye staging a concert in Jamaica.

“If he’s praising God, then it is good,” Miller said.

Rev Dr All Miller has no issue with Kanye West hosting a gospel event in Jamaica.
Rev Dr All Miller has no issue with Kanye West hosting a gospel event in Jamaica.

He added that if Kanye has turned his life over to God, then he should be supported, as the love of God is free to all.

Scrutiny

Like Miller, Kevin Page, the pastor of the McDonald Lane New Testament Church of God, did not condemn Kanye. Page alluded to the biblical story of Paul when he tried to join the disciples but was rejected as they did not believe in his transformation. However, Barnabas took and groomed him, and in return, Paul was one of the greatest disciples that led many people to God.

“The same thing might be happening for Kanye,” said Page.

Although they welcome him, the scrutiny that Kanye has received since declaring that he is now a Christian cannot be ignored. The ‘Sunday Service’ has received much backlash from persons who question whether it is a religious gathering or a cult.

Lots of work was being done at Emancipation Park on Thursday afternoon as the production team prepared for Kanye West's performance on Friday.
Lots of work was being done at Emancipation Park on Thursday afternoon as the production team prepared for Kanye West’s performance on Friday.

New Christian

Meanwhile, Christian youth leader Munro Wisdom had reservations about the event. While admitting that he is not a Kanye fan, he said that he is worried that the concert is more about Kanye than the Word of God.

“Many gospel concerts have been hosted in Jamaica and the support is not the same,” said Wisdom.

He added that he is concerned that Kanye is a new Christian and should probably get more counselling before continuing his discipleship.