Lamar Odom follows in Kanye's footsteps, thanks Jesus for 'keeping him alive' after near-fatal drug overdose
Odom, who was married to Khloe Kardashian, joined his former brother-in-law Kanye West in becoming a devout follower of Christ
Former NBA player Lamar Odom publicly declared that he has converted to Christianity in an Instagram post, "Nowadays I’m doing the best I can in walking with the Lord."
Odom thanked his pastor, Dr. A. R. Vernon, who led him in prayer at The Word Church. The NBA star who was married to Khloe Kardashian credited Jesus for saving his life. Odom had nearly died of a drug overdose in 2015 that had left him in a coma.
Dr. Vernon spoke to Fox News about Odom's conversion, saying, "Like anyone else, I was just very glad and overwhelmed with all that he's been through, that he realized there's a place in your heart that only God can fill—no championship rings, no woman, no amount of money—only Christ can fill that place that he designed," and added that he thinks Odom has "come to that place in his life where he knows what's lasting and eternal."
Dr. Vernon also wants everyone to be patient with Odom and said that, just like any new believer, for Odom "to become the Christian that I know he wants to be, it takes time."
"We're committed to helping him find a good local church in the city that he's in and I encouraged him to read the gospels 20 minutes every day and commit himself to Jesus through prayer," he added.
In an interview with People magazine earlier this year, Odom said he is free of drugs now but still suffers from horrible memory loss as a result of the overdose. In his book, 'Darkness to Light', he has detailed his life of addiction.
Odom revealed that, when he was in coma, his heart stopped twice and that he had twelve seizures and six strokes. Additionally, his lungs collapsed and his kidneys ruptured.
Odom now plans to start a career as a public speaker and has said in interviews that he regrets cheating on Khloe Kardashian during their four-year marriage and lying to her about his addiction.