[note]Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:17[/note]
[note](For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:9-11[/note]
A couple of weeks ago, my eye caught something on my Facebook news feed. It seemed a few people have been sharing this video. Just to see what the hype was all about, I clicked the video and watched. Having heard the original song by Beyonce before, I listened to this “Christian remix” of “Drunk in love”. Was I shocked? No. This was not the first of its kind. What shocked me though was the amount of positive comments that this video received. It made me wonder really how far our standards have slipped for us as a church to applaud such.
Seriously, why does the beautiful church of Christ want to continually emulate this ugly world? Is God so unworthy that we must present Him with knock-offs? Are we so incapable of singing unto the Lord a new song such as the psalmist encouraged us to do? This was the kind of sacrifice that got Cain in trouble.
I dare say that many Christians are advocating this song because deep down, some part of us (our flesh) still craves for the things world and we would like any excuse to have a taste of it every now and then.
Why do we just want to continue to be entertained in the name of the gospel? The gospel is NOT entertainment.
If we are honest with ourselves and explore this properly, we will realize that this brings more glory to Beyonce rather than God. There is NO WAY someone who has heard the original version would listen to this without remembering Beyonce’s lustful lyrics.
This isn’t God’s plan for drawing people to Himself. God does not want tainted sacrifices. Please be wise enough to know that this isn’t just about a “tune” or “beat”. Music is more than that. The devil wants to be in control of the music, why must we let him into the church? Have you read 1 Samuel 15? When God told Saul to destroy the Amalekites and ALL that belongs to them, he intentionally kept the king and some cattle so he could sacrifice them to God. Look at Samuel’s reply:
[note]So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
He also has rejected you from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23 [/note]
Please note that this is not condemnation or “judging others” as some people are always quick to point out. This is a call for discernment. There is no need to make any personal judgements. The word of God does so already. [note]For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)[/note] This sister is truly beautiful, talented and has an incredible voice.
Brothers and Sisters, let us not be decieved. Let us be as wise as serpents. You cannot mix the holy and the profane. There is no place for this in the house of God. God deserves true worship from the heart that isn’t sang over the tune inspired by drunkiness, lust and sexual immorality.
You have to pick a side and stick to it. You cannot sit on the fence. You cannot borrow elements from the world and then marry it to that of God.
This may appeal to the masses but we are not called to follow crowds, we are called to follow Christ for He only is the way, truth and life.
Things like this feeds our flesh, our flesh loves the world. You cannot try to feed your flesh fat and think that you can satisfy God in the process. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. Pick a side and stick to it.