Thursday, I posted a video from the Grammys. You can see that video if you click HERE. There are just a couple of "response" thoughts I have.
A Christian Rapper named Bizzle wrote a rap-response to "Same Love." You can hear it HERE. He makes some pretty good arguments – in a rap style (so a bit harsh at times, perhaps).
Also, tomorrow at Northridge, you will hear a song to conclude our 1 Peter series. The song was written by Natalie Grant. Natalie is an amazing singer/songwriter who was nominated for two Grammys. Without trying to make a point, she left the Grammys early. If you are aware of all that happened at the Grammys, it isn't surprising. But she didn't anticipate that it would become "news" that she left early. But I loved her response. I loved how she handled it. She didn't condemn; she didn't "make a point." When asked why she left early, she said this: "We left the Grammy's early. I've many thoughts, 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.” I love that response!
Finally, did you hear about the Joni Eareckson Tada song that was nominated for an Oscar? The nomination was rescinded last week. Apparently there was some concern over the song writer emailing some of the Academy members. I read one Hollywood person who said the punishment did not fit the crime. But I did find it interesting that it was rescinded immediately following the loud response over why a song was nominated from a movie recommended by James Dobson (who many call homophobic). A few days after the backlash, the nomination was rescinded. Perhaps that is a coincidence. I really don't know.
I loved Joni's response: “While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored to have been asked to sing it for the film, and was as surprised as anyone when I learned of the song’s nomination. I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities. The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song. Regarding the reasons for the nomination being rescinded, it is not my place to speculate as I have no insights into the workings of the entertainment industry. I was honored to be invited to sing the song and it will always be a treasured experience.”
May we handle these situation with grace; not attempting to win an argument or make a opint, but to make a difference. And may all of this be a reminder that this world isn't home. It can sadden us, but it shouldn't surprise us, and it shouldn't depress us. Jesus told us it would be like this. We are not home yet.
Don't miss tomorrow!