Kanye West is eager to make friends with people who understand his spiritual awakening. Pastor Joel Osteen is one of his first pastor-friend.
Osteen reportedly genuinely likes the rapper and believes that Ye has rooted his life in faith and love. The prosperity gospel preacher previously gave West an open invitation to his church in Texas. The two have reportedly been talking over the phone and have deep conversations.
Kanye Goes To Houston
Ye finally accepted Osteen's invitation. The "Jesus Is King" singer is scheduled to visit the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas on November 17, Sunday.
The author of "Your Best Life Now" will interview West during the morning service at 11:00 am CST. It will also be broadcasted live on SiriusXM.
Osteen previously interviewed Oprah and the Clintons at his Sunday church services.
West may give his testimony at the Christian church. In a previous Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, Ye talked about how he is trying to spread the gospel.
The 42-year-old rapper said, "There was a time I spread about high fashion, then Hennessy. Now I'm spreading the gospel, what Jesus has done for me."
The Osteen-West interview is set to run for about 20 to 30 minutes. The entire service is 90 minutes long and will include praise and worship. West will not sing during the morning service.
However, Ye may stick around as he is reportedly keen to learn what other churches do. He also wants to ask for tips and guidance, and to spend time with Christian leaders as much as he can.
Kanye Will Perform With His Choir
Ye is seen as an influential man among the youth. As such, he has agreed to sing at the Lakewood Church's evening service. It could be at the Young Adult Service at 7:00 PM (CST). Details are yet revealed on the Lakewood Church's schedule.
West will travel with his choir and sing to the congregation at Houston. Lakewood Church currently has 45,000 members. His TV audience is reportedly about 10 million.
Ye Struggled for Acceptance
Speaking to Christian church leaders is reportedly important to Ye right now.
Gospel singer Richard Smallwood opened up about how the traditional Christian church frowns upon new and innovative gospel singers. But, believes that Ye singing about Jesus Christ is what is truly important.
From his recently-launched album, West sings about his struggle to gain acceptance from the Christian community. In his track "Hands On," he raps about Yeshua, the true and living God.
Ye believes he receives criticisms from people who don't really listen to his songs. The lyrics for the track goes, "Christians, they be first to judge me/ Make you feel alone and never see the light/ Hard to get along/ If I try to lead you to Jesus, we get called halfway believers."
With his newfound friendship with the author of "Your Best Life Now," Ye may start to feel more accepted and this may help him grow in faith.