Kanye West has appeared on the Late Late Show With James Corden, featuring in a special segment called “Airpool Karaoke.” Hanging out with Corden on a massive jetliner, West talked about his faith in Jesus Christ, the “Sunday Service” events and even performed some tracks from his new gospel record, “Jesus is King.”
Speaking openly about his struggles with his mental health, West told Corden that the idea for “Sunday Service” came to him during a stay at the hospital.
“When I went to the hospital a few years ago, I wrote in the hospital ‘start a church in Calabasas,’” West said of his plans to plant a congregation in California. “It’s something I had a feeling that I needed to do, that God put on my heart. Now, He keeps on taking us to new levels.”
Corden, sincerely looking to learn more about Kanye’s spiritual journey, quoted some of the rap star’s earlier lyrics, taken from 2004 hit, “Jesus Walks”:
“I need to talk to God, but I’m afraid cos’ it’s been so long.”
“How long were you holding onto that feeling before you get to that place where you’re in the hospital and you write down that you need to start a church?” James asked.
“God’s always had a plan for me and he wanted to use me,” Kanye replied. “But I think he wanted me to suffer more and wanted people to see my suffering and see my pain and put stigmas on me and have me go through all the human experiences.”
Now, through his public declaration of faith, Kanye hopes that others will be able to relate to his conversion story and know that, no matter how far they fall, God can always be called upon to pick us back up again.
“When I talk about how Jesus saved me, more people can relate to that experience. If it was just, ‘We grew up with this guy and now he’s a superstar,’ it’s less compelling than this guy who had a mental breakdown and was in debt,” he added.
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