A few weeks ago while watching X-factor something remarkable happened. A group of ladies were introduced backstage and they all met in a London Choir. But they looked like a POP group and when they came on stage a few seconds into their rendition of Clean Bandit’s Rather Be Cheryl Fernandez-Versini raised her hand for them to stop. In her words there was something not quite there, Rita Ora said if you’re from a gospel choir why not show us what gospel is really about, Simon Cowell gave them another opportunity to come back to perform another song. When they came back, Simon said we asked you to go back to your roots, and they sure went back to their roots by performing ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ which set the entire auditorium on fire with all the judges clapping for them. The judges made some comments, that isn’t just applicable to the contestants but to us as individuals – Rita said ‘this is what you get when you are in your element, in your own zone’, Simon said ‘one minute we have this wanna be who want to be in a girl band and suddenly the real you emerges’.
There is a whole lot going on in the world, the dividing line between what’s right and wrong, what’s acceptable and tolerant is blurry. A friend said it’s all about ‘Political Correctness’. World leaders are not left out in their pursuit for Universal Human Rights and World Peace, many people are torn between what they believe in their faith and what society expects them to believe. Religion is at the forefront of this constant battle, while I don’t classify Christianity as a religion but for the sake of this post I’ll permit it.
Dr. Richard Halverson, chaplain to the U.S. Senate, was challenging the church to come back to its roots. He said,
“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next it moved to Europe where it became a culture, and, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise.”
In order to be in the good books of people some of us may choose to take sides with popular opinion, we may choose to speak or dress in a certain way to be acceptable. Oh!!! And in a bid to retain or get certain official positions choose to accept certain things that are contrary to our faith. Just like those ladies who were on the X-factor they came out as a pop-group while there is nothing wrong in that but that wasn’t who they truly were – even the judges could see it. The world just like the judges is waiting to see us express the gospel which is the good news. We can’t achieve that by living anything short of the message Jesus Christ. The world may not always accept it but the world still needs to hear it. It’s not your duty to enforce the message, remain a channel and let the Holy Spirit do the conviction and here’s the truth you may just plant the seed and many years after the person gets convicted. Don’t get upset when someone doesn’t accept your message of Jesus Christ just play your part.
According to my lecturer on Religion and Peacemaking he said ‘religion can generate both passionate peace-makers as well as hate mongers’. But here’s the twist, some of us may be championing a cause that we weren’t sent to do, our message of Jesus Christ can become lost in translation. A look at Saul in the Bible was persecuting Christians and thought he was doing the work of God, same way we may be doing certain things but at the end of the world we realise it wasn’t for God. We need to check our motives.
Should you stand for Jesus Christ? Absolutely YES!!! Should you declare your stance on popular opinion? Resounding YES!!! But should you love those who don’t share your beliefs? YES!!! Let them know what the Bible says and at the same time don’t be a selective Bible reader, study to know what the Holy Spirit is saying concerning a matter. And He’ll definitely guide you through the paths of life as you encounter other people.
Loads of Love