I’m baaacckkkk!!! It’s Videllia here and I’m super excited to FINALLY begin my podcast channel! I’m hoping that by introducing a podcast format for some of my blogs, it will provide you all with a different communication medium in which to listen and interact with me. And if you like it and want to hear more podcasts or possibly see some Vlogs from me be sure to let me know!!!
Today’s podcast is called, “Nicki Minaj – Gospel Artist” and I will be sharing my thoughts on the new song “I’m Getting Ready” – a gospel song which features Nicki Minaj.
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Let’s get started…
The other day as my boyfriend and I were in my house getting ready to go to a baseball game, Tasha Cobbs’ new gospel song, “I’m Getting Ready” featuring Nicki Minaj began to play on the speaker.
I had already seen different memes and comments on social media that Nicki Minaj was on a gospel track and like so many of you, I just didn’t know how I would feel. I like a few of Nicki Minaj’s songs but mixing the two – secular and gospel – together? Yeah…the Christian in me just couldn’t get with the idea at all.
Ignoring my preconceived notions, I continued to listen to the track as my boyfriend and I engaged in a healthy debate over it. However, as it was playing, I felt a different twinge in my spirit. One I knew all too well. The one where God speaks the truth to my own poor ratchet soul. And you know what I heard?
“WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?”
I want to challenge you all with that same question – who are YOU to judge? You see, it’s very easy for religious people (not just Christians) to be quick to judge something or someone who doesn’t appear on the outside the way we think God would want. We think that just because Nicki sings secular music for a living that she somehow doesn’t know Jesus or rather – can’t express herself to Christ. If you believe this for one second, then you sir or ma’am are doing something that God tells us we ought not to do. You are judging this woman and her walk with Christ.
Matthew 7:1-3 from the NIV states, “do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.” Now flip it on over to John 8:7 part B where it also says, “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone”.
It is NOT our place to tell Nicki she can’t sing gospel or to tell Tasha that she can’t have a secular artist on her record. While I understand the confusion this causes in terms of spirituality, especially when trying to bring people closer to Christ, at the end of the day, Nicki’s sins – whatever they are – are no greater or less than my sins which are no greater or less than your sins. The Bible literally tells us the measure by which we judge others is the same measure by which we will be held accountable.
Think about it. Have you not taken your sinful self to church one Sunday morning singing praises to God when just last night you were out with God knows who doing God knows what? So what does that say about you? The same concerns you have about Nicki being on a gospel track are the same concerns you should have about your own hot-and-cold, lukewarm, straddling the fence type self? Isn’t is funny how quickly we forget our own sins?
This post was not to bash Nicki. And it’s also not to bash the many religious people out there who stand by their own convictions in wanting a clear distinct line between secular and spiritual. HOWEVER, this post is meant to encourage you all to stop thinking like the sinful creatures we all are and to start thinking like our heavenly Father intended.
Jesus had to check me REAL quick. Like I said, before even hearing the song I just knew that I wasn’t going to agree but after hearing it and letting GOD speak to my heart (instead of the comments on social media), I realized the only difference between what Nicki did and what I do is that her singing her praises to God is publicized because of her status whereas mine as just in my church or home. At the end of the day, she, you and I are all sinful by design as the Bible says we were born into sin and shaped into iniquity (Psalm 51:5).
What’s her relationship like to Christ? I don’t know.
Why did Tasha want her on the record? I don’t know.
And who knows, maybe there are people out there who follow Nicki and who are dead in their sin and will listen to this track and hear something that resonates with their spirit whether from Nicki or Tasha and want to be saved. I. Don’t. Know.
You don’t know. None of us do. But the good thing about God being God and me recognizing that I am NOT God, is that I don’t have to know – that’s between her and Christ. And it’s time that we – Christians, believers, religious, spiritual or whatever classification you fall under – learn to walk in our place and let God reign in his!
It’s God’s place to pass judgment. Not ours. So why don’t we start by learning to judge less.
What do you think? Have you heard the song? What is your take on it? Please include that in the comments section and let me know. As always, be sure you have subscribed to my website at www.only1v.com and are following me on social media @only1lady_v. Muah!