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Kanye West sat down with Vogue after the debut of his original opera Mary at Art Basel Miami last week to discuss the opera, his renewed faith, and why he thinks Christians get unfairly judged.

“A lot of times, people try to point out the flaws of people who are Christian. But always remember, Christians are not Christ,” he explains. “We fall short. We all fall short of the glory.” He also offers a secular analogy: “It’s like, there’s a lot of people with 23 on their backs, but there’s only one Jordan. You can’t really compare most people with 23 on their backs to Jordan at all.”

As Vogue notes, Kanye’s recent focus on God has taken over everything, amplifying everything he does from fashion to his art. In the interview the rapper refers to having been saved earlier this year. “I thought I had it all figured out,” he admits, but God has changed “everything, my ego.”

Kanye says he turned to opera to make music that is a “beacon of light.” His biblical opera Mary — his second foray into the medium —  will celebrate a second premier in New York this weekend. According to Kanye, “God put it all together.” He declares that a large part of his success and art is due to divine grace.“I’ll tell you what, when I don’t apply grace, I don’t get the results I’m looking for. Everything must be done with grace. That’s one of the things I pray for—and I need to pray for more.”

However, for Kanye making the transition to gospel music came with its own adversities. His Christian album Jesus Is King received a lot of hate from the religious community, but Kanye can look past it. “

Head over to Vogue to read Kanye West’s full interview

Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer