Lil’ Wayne, you rapscallion!
Out on bail, fresh out of jail, wait, that’s Tupac. Those were his words. But it was Lil Wayne’s words that knocked me over recently.
In an interview he did in Rolling Stone about being in jail, he summarized the gospel in a really beautiful, unexpected way. He also talked about how he dominated at UNO so much in jail that other inmates stopped inviting him to games. When he would catch them playing and ask why they didn’t tell him about the game, they’d say, “Oh, we thought you were asleep.” To which Lil’ Wayne would respond, “Right – like you can’t look in my cell and see I’m right there. We ain’t got no doors!”
Lil’ Wayne spent a lot of time playing UNO in jail. And when he wasn’t throwing “Draw 4’s” he was apparently reading the entire Bible cover to cover for the first time.
When asked what he thought about it, he said:
“It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up becoming that. Like he’d be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool.”
What a great description of the gospel. “Some character was once this, but ended up becoming that.” I was lost, but now I am found. I was once blind, but now I see.
Whenever I read stuff like that, whenever I hear celebrities describing brushes they’ve had with the Bible or God or the gospel, I always have the same reaction:
“Hey, I know that guy too!”
Like connecting the dots between mutual friends with a stranger, I feel like shouting, “That’s my God you’re talking about. I know that guy! You would love that guy if you got to know him. He’s awesome!”
Naysayers will say, “Lil’ Wayne’s not a Christian.” Or “A celebrity mentioning God shouldn’t hold any different weight than your next to door neighbor mentioning God.”
I’m not saying that.
I’m saying that I love it when God gets an unexpected shout out. And that I could crush Lil’ Wayne at UNO.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever seen a celebrity mention God and felt like giving God a high five in excitement?