My experiences, thoughts, desires, and observations.
I'm simple, yet complex. I know, yet I'm still learning who I am. I'm wise, yet naiive. I am changing, but remaining the same. I'm Distant & I love it
So, somehow my need to find happiness and fulfillment has translated to me being an asshole. Somehow, I am wrong for seperating myself from a major source of my discomfort. Somehow, I’m selfish for taking the time to, FOR FUCKING ONCE, figure out what I need to do for me. It pisses me off…am I to sacrafice my happiness to appease someone else? I’m not sorry I am making this change. I am not sorry I feel relieved. I’m sorry someone I care about got hurt, but I look forward to not being shit on by constant disregard for my contributions and a lack of understanding about what I need to feel like I’m in a worth while situation. If you don’t understand where I am comming from or if you feel I am wrong or if you think I am selfish, I will say this once and once only: FUCK YOU AND FUCK OFF. Now that that is out the way…Goodnight.
Okay, so this rant may seem silly to some, but it is much needed for my life. I absolutely despise the show Sunday’s Best. I don’t believe there is anything Christ-like about it, and if it continues to be on the air, it should dispose of the lie that it is a gospel show.
#1. No, everyone is not meant to be a recorded artist, BUT God throws no one away and any gift can be used in Christ’s kingdom. Understanding that, it is highly inappropriate for judges to be blatantly rude and nasty to contestants they feel do not make the cut. There are better ways to let someone know they cannot compete than by humiliating them on television. Telling someone they should keep their singing contained in their shower is NOT Christ like. That “shower voice” would work well in a choir with direction. Nor is it okay to mock people on television once they leave the room. It is mean and cruel and these people will be watching themselves on television later. The people that come out to perform have sang in church choirs for years, been leading ministry for years, and feel they have a true gift. Talking to them condescendingly and sarcastically could mute one of God’s shepherds. It’s as simple as saying “Maybe you should nurture your talent a little more and come see us next year” or “Your talent is best served in a church, but it’s not right for this competition.”
#2. The ways in which people are told they aren’t good enough for the competition could easily be translated into their lack of worthiness in Christ. For example, when one of the men sang “I will Arrive” (I believe that is the name of the song) he was told he would not, in fact, arrive. How dare you tell a contestant something like that! It’s one thing to say “You are not fit to sing in this competition” and another to imply “You are not fit to sing for Christ.” For me, It really gets under my skin because I know what it feels like to be told I am not good enough for Christ. I know what it’s like to try your hardest to please the most high just to be told you’ve not even reached the ladder to start climbing. It’s hurtful, to me, to see people’s faces when they start to second-guess their positions in the body of Christ. I know what that feels like, and Christians, of all people, should not force other Christians to a place of unworthiness, however, we’re the main ones who make people feel they’re not good enough to praise God, and if we want to rank sins, I think that would be #1.
#3. It seems the true goal of the show is not to find and mass produce a shepherd of God, but to provide entertainment for those watching the show. Of course commercializing the show would provide entertainment, in and of itself, but one liners and zingers aimed at causing the audience to laugh at the contestants, is unnecessary and not the work of Christ, and if the work of Christ is not at the forefront of this show, then it shouldn’t be hailed as a gospel show and church music should not be the focal point. To add to that, if the mission is not one to prophet Christian outreach, then it is no different than American Idol or The Voice, and it needs not exist because gospel singers can win and become major artists through these other shows as well; ask Ruben Studdard, ask Jennifer Hudson, ask Fantasia. They all have gospel songs and and have large enough fan bases to cross over to gospel and still do very well, Rueben is already there.
I’m simply tired of Christianity being the umbrella over such Un-Christlike behavior. What I am even more tired of is the dumb looks and smart remarks I get when I express utter disgust about the behavior that very popular “Christians” are okay with displaying on television. A woman, who would do best in a choir and not as a soloist, in my opinion, said her husband said she could sing. Yolanda Adams proceeds to break out in a laughing fit, in this woman’s face, for the remainder of the conversation about why this woman would not be going to Atlanta. How is that Christian behavior? You lead millions of people to Christ in song, but you laugh obnoxiously at someone singing for His glory? Really? She may not be good enough for you, but she is PERFECT for God, and that is the message she should have received, not that she is comic relief. I agree, she is not the strongest vocalist and she could use a lot of work, but there’s a place for her in the church and there’s a need for her song, and laughing at her is NOT the way to treat her as a fellow Christian. POINT.BLANK.PERIOD. Being a Christian is not only about our relationship with God and Christ, but about our relationship with each other as well. Matthew 22:37-38!
Maybe I am taking this way too seriously, but I think the problem is no one is taking the Lord’s work serious enough anymore. Somehow, it has become socially acceptable to hurt people in the name of Christ. Show me where Christ condones belittling his people because YOU feel they are not up to par. Maybe the problem is I see so much of myself in these people. Some people like my voice, and others do not. I think I sing decently. Same with my dancing. Some people think I look beautiful when I dance and some think I should sit down. I think I am a novice. One thing I do know is that when I sing for Christ, I fill with a joy unsurpassed by anything this world could ever offer me; when I dance for Christ, my body is not my own, and I can feel God in every movement, and I am happy with the work I am doing, and I know He is as well. I don’t care if no one else reaches God when I do either of these things, because my ministry brings ME closer to God…I would love to take some people with me, but I know God is happy to see me when I reach out to him, however I reach out to him, and because I know how wonderful that feels, I would NEVER deny someone else the opportunity to feel it. If they sing every song off key, but can feel just a little of that, then they need to keep singing, and we as the body of Christ, should be there to support them as they reach for God. This means on television, in the church, on the corner, at work, in school…it is our job to uplift one another at all times. THAT is what it means to be a Christian, and it’s time we, as a body, realize we cannot cut off an arm and still hope to be fully functional.