Heavy hearted today! Mainly because soooo many are being misled regarding the entire existence of Christ and Christianity. I came across some really horrible social media post regarding Nicki Minaj being featured on Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s new song. Now before I continue, I rarely speak on or entertain media related, controversial topics. But this is exactly why millennial’s are running from “the church” and comfortable being in the world. The minute someone they’ve become accustomed to does something that “the church” has deemed only for the “righteous”…they are automatically stoned, gossiped about and so much more. Now the standard of holiness that everyone is raving about is for the WELL, not the sick, so those of you who are well, guard YOUR heart not the gospel. Everybody has access to throne of grace. As Lisa Bevere so eloquently stated in Lioness Arising, we are to guide people to Christ not gate the gospel.
Now, I commend Tasha for allowing someone of a different culture to be on the album. After all, the sinners can relate to her (Nicki Minaj) and not Tasha Cobb Leonard. They are not there yet. Stop placing people (those apart from God) in the same box as the saved folks. They are simply not there YET! And from the responses of you extra saved folks, the sinners will remain sinners due to the extreme judgements of the “church”.
As Christian’s we must always be mindful of the character of Christ. Let me go to the text before I am shunned by the saved and sanctified saints, you know, the ones who listen and do things Nicki rap about but haven’t exposed or been exposed for those sins…
Let us visit the story of Matthew, The Tax Collector.
“9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’[b] For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Wow, I find it interesting that the text states Jesus AND his disciples hung out WITH the tax collectors. At Mathew’s home. I also find it interesting that Jesus states he did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. News flash, Jesus would not be hanging out with your church cliques, he’d be somewhere getting close to hell, bringing others out of the world of bondage. Now “what if” this sinner (or unqualified person), through this interaction was somehow saved? Not saying that this is what transpired, BUT we are NOT God and do not know what assignment from heaven Tasha has regarding her collaboration with Nicki.
As the “BODY” of Christ, we have to stop using the law to condemn and trust what God allows. This really isn’t YOUR business, if you’re not trying to reach sinners then what’s your point? I think it was BOMB, that’s probably the ONLY Gospel song some who don’t know Christ will listen to… Instead of bashing the artist, think about this, the words and scriptures used to justify why Nicki is “unqualified” are not revelatory to those who have yet to come out of sin. Those scriptures used to justify holiness is for the ones deemed holy. Not for the sick, again but the well. Nicki never portrayed to be holy, but I think it’s a step in the right direction for her to be featured.
Clean hands, pure hearts. Now before you backlash with your negative comments, remember that YOU will have to give account for EVERYTHING you say and do (Matthew 12:35).
“Me and my angels shot the devil up. While you was trying to pull me down I leveled UP”…. maybe we “Christians” need to level up and come out of bondage, oppression and judgement of others… Exodus 15:3 states “The Lord is a man of War, The Lord is his name”. In quoting this, we must be mindful of how the wrath of God is gruesome. It may not have been “religiously” correct, but it was in fact a necessary statement.
And on that note, I will end with a quote from Pastor John Gray “Church folks are good judges of other people’s sin and great lawyers of their own”….