Piers Morgan recently interviewed Kid Rock. Piers is an unusual fellow and a very interesting interviewer. His style is charming and his questions can be direct which usually makes for a good interview.
I am not a Kid Rock fan per se. I don’t have any of his CD’s although I greatly appreciate his talent and business skills. The man is down-home Detroit and proud of it. He is from “blue collar” roots and in some ways is more surprised by his success than anyone. He could live anywhere he wants because of his fame and fortune but has chosen to raise his son (he is a single parent dad) near extended family and away from the many influences that he believes would have harmed his son. In the interview he expressed that his son would not have been helped by growing up in Hollywood surrounded by all the distractions. As best as I can tell, Kid Rock has a very close, loving and respectful relationship with his college age son that most parents (Christian or not) would long for. How odd for a “rock star” dad who is famous for his partying. What gives? You might want to google the interview for a first hand look and see if you can put the pieces of the puzzle together. I certainly enjoyed the process.
What struck me the most in the interview was an answer Kid Rock gave in response to Piers’ reference to his generosity. In each town that he tours, Kid Rock reads the local paper and when he finds a need, he quietly and behind the scenes, lavishes the person with specific help including finances. This struck Piers as very interesting so he brought it to light and asked Kid Rock why he did this. Kid’s answer revealed part of his world view:
“I make a lot of money so I have a lot I can give. It would be ridiculous to spend all my money on myself so I enjoy giving to others. Honestly I am so rich that it is no big deal. Plus it’s fun to help others; I get a kick out of it.”
I thought to myself that in a certain way, Kid Rocks’ riches point us to the riches of Christ. Kid Rock is saying that his needs are met. He doesn’t lack for anything monetarily. He is not “longing” for material things because he has the riches to buy them. In addition, he has so much that he can generously give to others. This is, in a sense, the position of Christ towards us. We do not serve a needy God, but a God who has no needs. So in a very real way Kid Rocks’ actions give us a pointer to the heart of Christ.
(Christ NEVER promises us financial riches and let me go on record that I hate the “prosperity gospel” which I believe is antithetical to Christ and His gospel. I am not speaking here of monetary riches but true riches; spiritual riches.)
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
God is not needy nor is He limited. For Him to take from His endless riches and give to us generously does not “draw down” His stock pile. He is “wondering” why we don’t ask for more. It gives God pleasure to answer the prayers of His children from His riches. (Matthew 7:7-11) What are you asking your Father for lately? Do you believe He is generous? Are you asking for the spiritual moon in this new year? If not, why not?
Could it be that the riches of Kid Rock can point us to the riches of Christ?