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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Can A Pastor Destroy His Position Of Honor By Attending A Secular Concert?

Last night at the world renowned Fox Theater in Atlanta Ga. Ledisi, Kem and Musiq Soul Child performed to a sold out crowd. One of those in attendance was a young pastor from the Atlanta area  who tweeted how much he enjoyed the concert. Back in the day if a pastor was seen in a night club or leaving a night club for that matter  it did something to his credible with- in the community. Is that still true today?
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  1. jj, very good topic for discussion. Thank you. My thought is not that I have a particular problem with this pastor being there, but moreso "why" was he there. Where this pastor's credibility will come into question will be concerning is reasoning for being there. Was he there because he was invited and that those that invited him respect and "honor" him as a minister of the gospel? Or did he just go on his own to "enjoy" the concert as the others in attendance? I certainly cannot judge this "young" pastor. The only thing we have to go on is his tweet on "how much he enjoyed the concert." So then comes a few questions in regards to this. "What did he enjoy about the concert?" I personally know nothing about Ledisi, Kem and Musiq Soul Child and their music. So I don't know what type of music they perform, nor the lyrics. I will not judge them also since I know nothing about them. But I will say if their music is worldly, degrades women(and men), promotes sexual sin, greed and any other acts or sins that the word of God warns us against, then I hope this is not what the pastor enjoyed.
    Lastly, I hope that he was there in some capacity representing the kingdom of God and being a light for Jesus. It is possible to do so, but you can still be seen in the wrong way among God's people if you go to places like clubs and around people in them we call sinners, just as Jesus was seen by the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of that day. For example in Matthew 9:11-- And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" And think of what Jesus said of Himself in Matthew 11:19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
    Again it comes down to why was he there? He loses honor and credibility if he was there just as part of the crowd enjoying the concert rather than in some capacity representing Jesus.

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  2. I somewhat know Kem's lyrics and I have seen his show. It appears that he is a man of God, and he's not afraid to testify in concert (seen it). Musiq has a similar reputation, though I've never seen his show... but my question is what was the reason? Did he go because he's an adviser to one of the artists? I think we all need more information. Also, a concert is way different from a night club and I don't think that's a fair one-to-one comparison.

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  3. aybe he went because he enjoys good music...and that's that...
    He is a man just like any other man. I don't understand why people place pastors on untouchable pedestals...they are imperfect just like any other man who walks the earth. A drunken bum can preach the word. God uses vessels to get his message across to the people. These pastors are not god they are vessels. No man is perfect and there is no reason to scrutinize him for going to a concert.

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  4. @Rod thanks for the comment...You know what he could have been there on church business. Who knows!!

    @prettysmartchic thanks for the comment...For a man representing God both should be off limit.

    @Kera LaShawn thanks for the comment. Boo, who said anything about the man? The question "can a man destroy his place of honor" There's a difference. Check your bible.

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  5. Jamal Bryant has been to JayZ concert and who brought T.I. to their church to "encourage" the youth? A mess...

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  6. I somewhat know Kem's lyrics and I have seen his show. It appears that he is a man of God, and he's not afraid to testify in concert (seen it). Musiq has a similar reputation, though I've never seen his show... but my question is what was the reason? Did he go because he's an adviser to one of the artists? I think we all need more information. Also, a concert is way different from a night club and I don't think that's a fair one-to-one comparison.

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  7. jj, very good topic for discussion. Thank you. My thought is not that I have a particular problem with this pastor being there, but moreso "why" was he there. Where this pastor's credibility will come into question will be concerning is reasoning for being there. Was he there because he was invited and that those that invited him respect and "honor" him as a minister of the gospel? Or did he just go on his own to "enjoy" the concert as the others in attendance? I certainly cannot judge this "young" pastor. The only thing we have to go on is his tweet on "how much he enjoyed the concert." So then comes a few questions in regards to this. "What did he enjoy about the concert?" I personally know nothing about Ledisi, Kem and Musiq Soul Child and their music. So I don't know what type of music they perform, nor the lyrics. I will not judge them also since I know nothing about them. But I will say if their music is worldly, degrades women(and men), promotes sexual sin, greed and any other acts or sins that the word of God warns us against, then I hope this is not what the pastor enjoyed.
    Lastly, I hope that he was there in some capacity representing the kingdom of God and being a light for Jesus. It is possible to do so, but you can still be seen in the wrong way among God's people if you go to places like clubs and around people in them we call sinners, just as Jesus was seen by the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of that day. For example in Matthew 9:11-- And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" And think of what Jesus said of Himself in Matthew 11:19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
    Again it comes down to why was he there? He loses honor and credibility if he was there just as part of the crowd enjoying the concert rather than in some capacity representing Jesus.

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