• Brad Pitt and Kanye West Revealing Spiritual Side that Might Surprise You

    Surge Summary: Musical luminary Kanye West and box-office giant Brad Pitt making statements favorable to Christianity? Really? It sure looks that way. 

    Well, you can file this one under curve ball …

    Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is praising rapper Kanye West. Okay, you say. So, what?

    So this: The Hollywood superstar is talking up the American musician for his … Sunday Church Service?  The meetings kicked-off in January and feature a gospel choir and other musical performances. Pitt reportedly attended one held over Labor Day weekend and came out of it with good things to say.

    His comments tell us a few things about Kanye. And about himself.

    The 55-year-old star was seen shaking hands and chatting with the rapper at the “invite-only event” in Watts, California.

    Andrea Morris/Faithwire reports:

    ET reports that Pitt said he enjoyed the Sunday service put on by West. “I think he’s doing something really special there. It’s pure celebration of life and people and it’s really delightful, it really is.”

    Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian says his Sunday service is a real expression of his faith, because it was created after he had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

    “It started off as something that was really healing for him and it was really small and personal, and it grew and grew, and he really has been saved by Christ and it’s like (he’s) born again, and dedicates his whole life to the church,” she said.

    Who knows exactly where Pitt stands these days regarding Jesus and the Christian faith. There’s little doubt, however, he enjoyed the worshipful, early- September gathering. During a recent GQ interview, he also discussed his upbringing – apparently a “Christian” one — and shared some thoughts about God and religion.

    “Oh, man, I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. And then when I got on my own, I completely left it and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right,” Pitt said.

    Wow.

    “Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. But I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around to just belief in – I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected.”

    Wow, again.

    Probably inadvertently, the unusually forthcoming thespian uncovers what’s true about an awful lot of trendy “atheism” or “agnosticism” – it’s flatly rooted in rebellion. A desire to flip the bird to tradition, to convention, to the status quo. An insistence on doing things “My Way” instead of God’s way; or anyone else’s way.

    I recall the late, combative unbeliever Christopher Hitchens’ pugnacious assertion that he was not just an “atheist”, but an “anti-theist”. He went beyond merely not believing in God’s existence. He didn’t want God to exist.

    During an interview in 2017, Pitt told Relevant Magazine that he grew up “First Baptist, which is the cleaner, stricter, by-the-book Christianity.”

    While in high school, Pitt had an encounter with people speaking in tongues and raising their hands during worship. “I know they believe it. I know they’re releasing something,” Pitt said.

    Wow trebled.

    Fact is, when it comes to actual, risky rebellion in this still early part of the twenty-first century – particularly in the environs in which Pitt and Kanye circulate — you can’t get much more radical than rejecting unbelief and acknowledging there might be something valuable and authentic about old-fashioned, Bible-based, Jesus-revering Christianity.

    I agree with a pastor who lately cautioned against jumping to any hardened conclusions about Kanye’s seemingly newfound faith, about precipitously promoting the singer/song-writer to a place of spiritual leadership for which he might not be ready. And as already mentioned, who knows what’s going on in Brad Pitts’ heart. But they both should be the object of our prayers, for sure; and we can rejoice that they’re possibly moving in a direction which is drawing them closer to the Savior of the World — that part of the world which includes the entertainment industry, not excepted.

    H/T: Andrea Morris/Faithwire

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    Image: Kanye West; Adapted from: David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7968853

    Image: Brad Pitt; Adapted from: SpreePiX from Budapest, HU – IMG_8724_1 Brad Pitt, CC BY 2.0, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10776545


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