Some folks believe that it is just not proper to feature an artist as secular as Nicki Minaj. They say that it is a slap on the Gospel itself. If we are going to pass the message of the Good News, we should do this the right way, many people clamour. Nicki Minaj is such a distraction. Some people go as far as attack Tasha Cobbs’ faith in Christ. “She should watch her salvation”, someone writes on Social Media.
“I have been away a bit and for good reason, so after I post my thoughts on Tasha cobbs and NM, kindly resist the urge to come and tell me how disappointed you are. Don’t call me dear in a reply or use the “Dami” thing on me. This is not about our imagined familiarity, it’s about the weird inconsistency and false ideas people peddle. It’s also a need to help Christians like me who struggle with doubts and hope to know what qualifies us in our faith.
I have never been a perfect Christian, to be honest, I have messed up a lot and I have also come to realise that messing up is human. However, there is this fear I have always learnt to understand. You don’t go from the bed of fornication into the bed of fellowship with God. Yes we are human and we mess up, but if you feel good enough about messing up that you don’t get worried about carrying your Bible the next minute or standing to minister the next minute, then I am scared of you. I am really frightened by the idea that I could finish beating up my wife and still climb a pulpit with no iota of shame.
There is always a way to know when I am not in sync with God, I lose fellowship and that makes it difficult for me to serve. What is the point of my service if it is not going to be backed by fellowship with God?
Is it just so I can look good and use my talents? I play the saxophone but for some time I stopped because church attendance was a sparse thing for me. When I go to church these days, I am aware that my attendance is not what qualifies me to return to worship and sing but the justification I get by faith in Jesus.
How can you be justified when you cannot even fellowship?
The most painful responses to this, comes from “Christians.” We claim that Jesus sat with Sinners and I do not refute that. I dare ask you if Jesus ever called these sinners to service without showing them the need for repentance?
Sinners can attend church and they should not be pushed away, we all are sinners and we should have a chance to sit with Jesus but only a person who wants to end like Judas would dare to consciously follow after their own greed and lust yet still serve as a mouthpiece of God.
Don’t you feel shame when you fall short of God’s glory? Don’t you see the need to separate yourself? Are you telling me Nicki will stop writing vulgar lyrics and follow only Christ? Are you saying she is now repentant of her promotion of a sex-driven personal brand?
I am not here to argue about who sins more, the point to be made here is that Jesus is not forcing anyone to represent him. I will listen to Nicki and not feel guilty because it’s her song style, leave it at that. But to make it seem like Jesus desperately needs the Minaj brand for the gospel is just absurd.
And we Christians that defend these things with such arguments, we only end up enslaving ourselves to the world’s standards. Eventually we make it harder for Christians to stand for anything.
I was on a thread yesterday; a teacher at a christian preschool was sacked for maintaining a second job as a porn actress. People argued that the Christian school was too intolerant and judgemental. We all know Jesus would neither watch, patronise or approve porn but we somehow expect a school built as a model of his lifestyle to close its eyes to a member of their team who acts porn.
No one should come meet you in the closet of your room to stuff Christianity down your throat but as a Christian, I maintain the right to say, that alliance with Nicki does not represent Jesus.
It could be a good jam, I listen to good jams like this “Babylon” track from Tuface and MI but I don’t go about deceiving myself that the song is some “service” to God.
God is not a starved sky daddy, thirsty for any kind of service. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: God will not despise a broken and contrite heart. Serving while actively chasing your own lust and greed only puffs people up, making it hard to come to the God who justifies the duly acknowledged ungodly person.”
Others feel that this does not matter one bit as long as the message is still passed. What mattered is that the Gospel is spread. A friend of mine and I chatted on Whatsapp and he had this to say:
“Tradition/religion affects Christianity.
Nicky and Tasha are friends. What message would Tasha be preaching if she can’t accommodate Nicky in her songs?
Who even says Nicky is not born again?
That she doesn’t go gospel, does that mean she is of the devil?
Some people actually separate their profession totally from their faith but we really long for that place where our faith is reflected in our profession
As Christians we must be open minded
Those who are worldly are not as hypocritical as those in church.
Those in the world are more real than the church people.
The best Actors and Actresses are found in church.
The person who is in the world feels more accepted by the world than the people in the church. Church folks are judgmental.
Thank God for people who are challenging the status quo
“I want to take a moment to appreciate my friend @nickiminaj!!! Thank you for shouting your praise for the world to hear and for putting your love for God on display! Thank you for lending your gift to this album! As I tell you often, I’ll say it for the world to hear… I will forever cover you in prayer! Many will be blessed and have an authentic God encounter because of the stand you chose to make with this record and THAT is all that matters!!!Now lemme say this…. YOU SNAPPED!!! You absolutely smashed these 16!!!LOVVVVEEEE YOUUUU!!!”
Okay guys, have you heard I’m Ready by Tasha Cobbs featuring Nicki Minaj? What do you think overall? I actually liked the song and the collaboration. Sorry if you feel disappointed but I loved it very much. So very much.