The Music Ministry of Homophobes
The other day, I saw Kim Burrell sing a tribute to Whitney Houston. I gotta admit, the woman can truly SANG! I have heard no one sing a song and vocally toy with the relative minor key of the song like Mz. Burrell. Lord KNOWS she is truly talented. I will even go so far as to say that in my opinion, like Mz. Burrell, the best singers in the world get their start in church.
However, the bad thing about all this good singing is when some of the most beautiful voices come from the most rabidly homophobic people. The worst is knowing that the victims of said homophobia continue to support these homophobic hate-mongers with their money and time. Why is that?
There are several artists that I simply just CANNOT support. I, with a clear conscience, can’t buy their music. I can’t deny their talent, but I won’t give my money to them. It’s like casting my pearls before swine. I refuse to pay someone to spiritually abuse and disrespect me.
I remember the days when I couldn’t wait for a Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Angie Stone cd, or to hear Dorinda Clark-Cole preach. But after hearing the hate they spew in their concerts and during sermons, I had (and still have) a hard time hearing God in their messages. Maybe it’s just my own handicap.
In my opinion, these people don’t care about their largest fan base. Sure, they want to push units. They want packed out venues. But they don’t care about the people who have made them who they are. Think about it… Who would Kim Burrell be if it wasn’t for the gay men who buy her cds? Would Yolanda Adams be the diva she’s become if it wasn’t for gay dollars? Where has Angie Stone been since her declaration that lyrics to her hit song “Brotha” didn’t apply to gay men? And would Dorinda Clark-Cole be the glam goddess she is if it weren’t for the kidz?
I don’t know about anyone else, but when it comes to my money and who I allow to speak into my spirit, I am very cautious. After all the hate I’ve been blessed to overcome, and the scars from abuse that I live with, I cannot let anyone abuse me. It doesn’t matter who they are. A person doesn’t have to understand or like me, but respect is a must! If we are buying their music, and spending money to attend their concerts, the LEAST they owe is respect. We ARE human beings. And most important for them, we ARE the fans! Besides, I doubt very seriously these people have the nerve to go toe to toe with someone spewing their hatred. For them to do so on stage behind the cloak of celebrity (and having security) is cowardly.
The Bible speaks of loving God and your brothers and sisters with the same intensity that you love yourself. I fail to see where using disrespectful epithets like “faggot” from a celebrity platform is showing love. I suggest reading I Corinthians 13 again. It describes how love behaves in great detail. These people DO believe the Bible…right?
Gospel Artists say they have “music ministries”. The word “ministry” means “to serve”. How are you serving someone by putting them down, being mean and disrespectful? I guess what I’m trying to say is, it is possible to respect a person’s talent yet not support their “ministry”. Maybe if a massive boycott happened, some of these “music ministers” would get a new revelation about God and Divine Love, ya think?
This entry was posted on February 3, 2010 by Tuan N'Gai. It was filed under Uncategorized and was tagged with artists, bi-sexual, black, church, gay, gospel, homophobia, homophobic, justice, lesbian, lgbt, money, music, performers, preachers, religion, social, spiritual, transgender.