The outrage over Kanye’s recent antics at the MTV movie awards are largely an exercise in missing the point: the problem is not Kanye, the problem is us. We; you; me; us; our kids; our brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews…we all allow people of Kanye’s caliber to amass millions of dollars and have a profound impact on the lives of our young people.
Contra the President, who self-reverently called us “the ones we have been waiting for,” we should be pointing the fingers at ourselves. This is simply further evidence of a sick culture. Many artists have problems, but traditionally even artists with problems can show a modicum of class.
Sadly, Christians are a part of all this. Our kids buy these albums. I’ve danced to him. All further evidence that we are entrenched in a world of sin that we cannot extricate ourselves from entirely. That is why the “Armor of God” is a daily excercise in humility and vigilance. We must remember who we are – and whose we are – every day. When we forget, we allow ourselves to fall victim to the most base aspects of our existence. Our art, and our artists, are merely a reflection of this.