Something about a Video…

“Say Yes” – Michelle Williams ft. Kelly Rowland, Beyonce …: http://youtu.be/DBEl7nzOB_M

So I stumbled on this video and I am wondering what you see? A publicly known secular artist performing on a christian stage or just a good friend using her star power to support another friend ?

Let me quickly mention that I like the fact that a local Nigerian song went international. That makes me proud, but that’s not the crux of this piece.

In the church where I grew up, this would have definitely been blasted as fraternising with the world. Quite recently, Korede of “God Win” fame  and the church where he performed was blasted. How come there was no uproar for this “innocent” performance?

Is it because this is in America?
Or Is this because there are multiple standards in the body of Christ?
Or is this a cultural thing?
or is this something deeper?
Or did I grow up with some wrong belief system ?
Or Is because this is an awards ceremony (secular) so it is different?
Or maybe even the opposite that because this is a gospel award ceremony so the standards should be higher?
Or  …?

I have my own answers for now but I wanted to help some people like me question themselves further. I also wanted to hear other perspectives from around the world.

Do note that I am writing this from the point of view of a young christian born and bred in Nigeria.

Maybe some background will help,  recently in Nigeria, an almost popular secular artist sang in a church and the conservative christians in this part of the world raised fire and brim stone. The problem was not in the lyrics of  the song “God win” from what I understand about that controversy. It was the issue of desecrating the altar of God by inviting a “sinner” to come and minister. Even though the singer was a church boy back in the days.

I heard the pastor that allowed D’banj (a “used to be”  popular secular artist in Nigeria) testify in a large 50,000 seater church auditorium was punished for doing so. The artist even came to say that God had blessed his work. Never mind some of  the immoral values that this particular artist seems to stand for.  But I digress.

Quite honestly, a few years back I would have completely been on the “this is a terrible thing” side of the fence. Maybe even sanctioned the erring pastor / leader / organiser if I had the powers and so on. But nowadays, I seem to think a bit differently. Did I grow up? Or Am I lowering my spiritual standards?

What do you think?

Before you read further could you  take a moment to think about what you think?

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So now that you have thought about it, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Good! I may not have your attention for this long ever again so let me quickly say my own thoughts.

It is important that whatever we do as christians will bring glory to God. Will this performance bring glory to God? I think so. Will this performance sow a seed of Faith in some unbeliever fan of the artists’ life? Could this performance be the turning point for the star-powered artist? (They are human too).

For me the answer to all of the above is Yes.

If it is this simple, so why am I writing this article in the first place?

It is because some of us think differently. My sunday school teens class teachers certainly did.

For example, Am I then endorsing christians conducting services and events in a way that could sear someone else’s conscience? No. Wisdom and Moderation is obviously required. Then some would ask, To what extent does this border on hypocrisy? I have my opinion on that too but lets leave it for another topic.

We can sit there and be as pretentious as we want to be. Sometimes we even shift a gear and assign ourselves the position of judge in another person’s life…

To conclude on one side, I would point you to 1 Corinthians 10:23; 1 Corinthians 8:13; Romans 14:13-23 and then on the other side I would point you to 1 Corinthians 9:20-22; Matthew 7:1,

Here is Bade Adesemowo questioning what I have been taught and believe with a FIRM anchor that the BIBLE is indefatigable and  is the absolute word of God.

photo credit: Say yes – Michelle

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