Summary: Keeping ourselves as Christians pure against distractions to God's way
Last Sunday, televised on CBS, was the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Grammy is, just in case you wondered, short for the complete name, gramophone, the invention that first allowed recorded music to be stored and replayed. Each year, executives in the music industry nominate and select recipients for varied genre specific awards; those they feel have been standouts in their area. All in all, the public must be drawn to it, because estimated viewing in the U.S. alone was 28.5 million people.
This year’s program, much like years past, had various artists performing, comedic interludes, and of course, awards were given. Overall perception, at least as social media recounts it, was a stellar evening with wonderful and over-the-top performances.
Lost though, in the media circus that surrounds these types of things, was an incident that is of particular interest, and topically related to all Christians. It would seem, that after seeing a few of the live performances which included a seemingly satanic episode by Katy Perry, and the marriage of 33 gay, straight, and lesbian, couples, Natalie Grant, a Christian artist who had won multiple previous Grammies, and was selected for 2 more at this year’s event, stood up and left without further comment.
Our world today leaves little unturned and so bombarded with questions as to “why” she left, and knowing that eventually social media would create their own answers if given the opportunity, Mrs. Grant offered the following statement:
“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.”
Now without taking undue liberty, and having read numerous other comments in conjunction with this incident I offer the following explanation. In short, displeased with the integrity, or lack of, depending on your point of view, of the performances, and convicted to uphold her Christian principles, Mrs. Grant chose to separate herself from activities that in her Christian opinion did not fit in God’s intended lifestyle.
Not to be outdone, mainstream media blasted back against what can only be considered a cordial and proper explanation of why she left, by labeling her a bigot, gay-basher, and prejudiced person. Of course, the band wagon gang joined in, and suddenly, Natalie Grant who has always been the epitome of grace in the music industry, is now seemingly hated and disrespected by many. Ain’t that great?
I however, wish to applaud her, because I can’t think of a better example of God’s calling to remain separated, and yet loving, than that of Mrs. Grant and the events of last Sunday evening. And it is in that context that I give to you today God’s calling as Christian; to realize that we must maintain a separation from non-Christians, however, we must do so in a loving and caring way. Call it if you will, maintaining a vividly separated identity.