The Grammys: A Christian’s Response and a Lesson in Freedom.

January 27, 2014 — 22 Comments

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The 56th Grammy Award ceremonies were held on Sunday night. For those who missed it, like me, the word on the street or at least through social media was that the Grammys didn’t disappoint. Well, at least they didn’t disappoint when it came to pushing agendas or mocking those who subscribe to a different set of cultural and moral standards. There was a wedding ceremony of both gay and straight couples following the song ‘Same Love’ performed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I am old enough to remember when pushing the cultural envelope involved a man singing and break dancing with just one glove. How times have changed!

I noticed a status on my news feed on Facebook that stood out from all the rest. Natalie Grant, a Christian music artist who was nominated for two Grammy awards, wrote the following on her page, “We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this: I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen”. Her statement was followed by a flood of comments that praised her as well as criticized her for a supposedly blatant response of judgment against homosexuality.

What followed the next day was another statement by Natalie Grant which I felt as a Christian truly demonstrated the most Christ-like response to not only the Grammy Awards but the cultural divide in this country over homosexuality and gay marriage. She stated,

“…I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus. I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord (Philippians 2:12)…”

Natalie Grant’s remarks not only reflect the love of Christ but they demonstrate what religious freedom is really about in this country. She is a talented music artist who has decided to sing to a different beat than the mainstream music world. She’s not out for personal fame or glory. She has no desire to push an agenda on society. Natalie Grant is simply sharing her faith through music and for those who want to listen they are welcome to join in. Her walking out of the Grammy Awards, at whatever part of the event she happened to miss, was what is wonderful about America’s freedom. We don’t have to choose to be a part of that which does not represent our ideals or beliefs. We have every right to stand firm on our convictions without cultural manipulation or government submission.

How many of you have already made the symbolic “walking out” of today’s cultural display of driven agendas? Be strong and take Natalie’s words to heart. Live your life as a reflection of God’s love. Don’t shy away from your personal convictions but love those who persecute you for your beliefs. The heart of Natalie’s message is not only about salvation and the reason why Christ died on the cross for ALL of us but it’s also why this country was founded. So that we may live as we believe and be able to demonstrate that “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe.” (Romans 1:16)

22 responses to The Grammys: A Christian’s Response and a Lesson in Freedom.

  1. 

    All I can say is ‘Amen and amen”.

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      Couldn’t agree more. Satanic rituals have no place in popular music, but sadly they are the norm more often than not nowadays. She wasn’t even there for the “wedding”. Way to stand up for what you believe in but still be a loving Christian. It’s the ones pointing the finger at her that should really take a close look at themselves.

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        It’s interesting to me that you use the word “wedding” in quotation marks. Which part exactly of the ceremony did you find “Satanic?” The fact that straight people got married, the fact gay people got married, or the fact that interracial couples of both the straight and gay variety got married, or was it that it was broadcast to millions of people all at the same time?

  2. 

    A very brave statement by a brave young woman

  3. 

    WHAT CAN BE SAID EXCEPT AMEN?

  4. 

    Natalie, I ‘walked out’ of it a long time ago. I cherish the choice I have today,thank God!
    I wouldn’t tune in to the Grammy’s whatsoever. I’ve witnessed enough at some Academy Awards, and other events that I ‘walked out’ on as soon as they get into their Satanic Mood!
    So many of them are controled by Satan. It’s so sad.

  5. 

    Natalie, I SO admire you for leaving the grammy’s. I was amazed at the things I saw on the show and I quit watching after a very short time. I am saddened at the level our country has fallen and even more so at the people who appear to have no morals. I pray God will help us.

  6. 

    I deeply appreciate her response. I would ask one question, though: do Christians have an imperative to explain our positions on important issues? Paul might have saved himself a lot of time had he just said: “I have my own personal convictions that I live by. Just follow Jesus. The end.” Instead he painstakingly communicated the breadth of the new and old covenant while opining on sex, marriage, divorce, dietary laws and a host of other thorny issues. 1 Peter 3:15 suggests we should be prepared to provide rational answers as to the positions we adopt. Therefore, and especially during this time of universal indoctrination, shouldn’t Christians provide a counterbalance to the enemy’s propaganda? It needn’t be hateful or divisive – just a countervailing argument that provides people a legitimate philosophical alternative.

    I am not judging, Natalie. Her response was full of grace and love. But, too often lately I have seen Christians disengage from debates for fear of being characterized as preachy or intolerant. Many shrink from these opportunities because they feel ill-equipped to defend their beliefs. As the repugnant Grammy’s should make abundantly clear, the hour is late and Christ’s coming is at hand. Many will be deceived unless we are prepared to offer them better answers. Some will reflexively reject those answers due to their own biases but for others our sensible arguments might save them from what is to come. Study. Prepare. Preach. Use whatever platform God has given you to educate. Now is the time.

    Thank you for your site!

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      Amen to your very concise opinion(s) about our responsibility as Christians to be LIGHTS in this world of darker… and DARKER darkness. I too appreciate Natalie’s conviction & the loving way in which she expresses her faith in light of the degradation she sees in the music industry. But I strongly feel Christians must take more of a ‘stand’ and speak directly TO the degradation we see in our nation today. MY problem is my DEEP DISGUST of what I saw on display during the Grammy’s last night and what has become so prevalent in our culture today. When I speak (or write) about it I find it very hard NOT to sound angry… because I AM ANGRY. I’m angry at what liberal politics and liberal ‘faux’ Christianity has allowed to become so PERVASIVE in my country (which is thankfully my TEMPORARY home!). It saddens me… in some ways frightens me… and yes it ANGERS me.

      As I write this I’m wondering if perhaps Natalie’s way of handling such issues isn’t the correct way. At least she doesn’t feel like screaming…. like I do.

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        Do you believe the Bible totally???? If so….then should you kill your neighbor for working on the sabbath? or stone to death your children for not obeying you? or agreeing with slavery?…..I could go on and on….but I have your book right in front of me….and it says these things in black and white…..the same book that says homosexuality is a sin……sorry, you can’t pick and choose which sins are credible and which are not….that is the highest form of hypocrisy……..I see you are holding on to that stone…..cast away!!!!

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      Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew 7:6
      The Body of Christ has many limbs and all have their jobs and they aren’t the same one. Not everyone can be a Paul nor should they try to be .I think Natalie’s response was spirit lead.

  7. 

    This is literally all I can think of when I see these circular arguments over same-sex marriage: https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1505999_805874826104613_1809027959_n.jpg What ever happened to live and let live? Basically, let me have the same freedoms afforded to every other citizen of this country (for which they pay the same taxes as me), and we can all be friends. I’m tired of being looked upon as a second class citizen just because I’m gay.

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      If you have the bible in your hand, read it. All of it. Then you’ll know Jesus came and died for ALL our sin. Stop being so angry. Ask Jesus into your heart and the Truth will be revealed to you. You want to please Him not us because you will be so grateful for His grace.

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        Nope. I was raised in the church for the first 18 years of my life (I was even considering becoming a youth pastor at one point) and have read (and studied) the Bible cover to cover many times. I’m talking about an old-fashioned rural Alabama Baptist, “if the church is open, we’re there” kind of upbringing. I will not go back to that life. I’m not angry at all; I’m just disappointed. I’m disappointed that otherwise good and friendly people (self-described Godly and Christian) can turn so ugly and bitter over the interpretation of a collection of stories that are older than they can comprehend. These same people would be very friendly to me, but if the subject of being gay ever came up, they would for sure tell me their opinions on the matter, which ran the gamut from “hate the sin, love the sinner” to “kick them out of our neighborhood/town/county/state/country/life” to “just kill ’em all.” And these comments were coming from people who didn’t know I was gay. Sometimes I’d tell them, just to see the backpedalling and the looks on their faces, but that’s only happened recently. When I was a kid, I’d have to sit there and suffer in silence because I knew my family would disown me if they ever found out. We’ve since made up after a long, hard road, but they’ll never acknowledge any of my boyfriends if I try to bring them around for the holidays. I’ve since decided that I won’t be held hostage by a book and a belief system that requires me having to do mental gymnastics to justify my eating of shellfish, among other things. So yeah, your concept of sin has no power over me, much like Islamic sharia law has no power over you. I just want the same rights that you have without having to have the same religion as you because, I mean, dang, we live in America.

  8. 

    Excellent testimony of salvation and faith.

  9. 

    Choose the partner is a person’s own right.

  10. 

    thanks for sharing. i’ll talk about this with my 13 yr old daughter, who is a huge Christian music fan. sometimes as a parent of a teen and a ‘tween, it’s very awkward to talk about American culture and godly culture, (which can sometimes overlap). blog posts like this are great ways to communicate with our kids about important issues, rather than abruptly say over dinner, ‘so, how ’bout them gays?’. thanks again. joe

  11. 
    Follower of Jesus January 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    For those of you who claim Christians are hypocrites…..try reading the entire bible, not just the parts that allow you to claim your statements. The New Testament , when Jesus came and died, allowed us a way to heaven, despite our sins. THATS WHY HE DIED FOR ALL OF US!

  12. 

    “Our Lord’s determined purpose and design was to overcome the devil, not by the exercise of His power, but by means of His own self-abasement.” Jerome

  13. 

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