The Real Surprise at the Grammys
by Pastor Alan Davis
There has been a lot of hoopla concerning the actions of many at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this past Sunday evening. Some sat back appalled at the perversion, crassness and coarseness of the evenings’ events and others have had their hackles up because some nominees either left early or did not show at all for the awards ceremony. Many parents have written, called or text their great displeasure at some of the “show” and many Christians have taken to Facebook, Twitter and other areas of social media to express their disgust with the whole “shebang”.
I want to put out a disclaimer here right off the bat: I did not watch any of the Grammys. Actually I had no idea they were even happening. With a Church to minister to, sermons to prepare for, evangelism to do, three children with a host of activities that I play a small part in and several good books that I have going, I have no time for what the rich and famous are doing. In short I actually have a life and live it regardless of what the artist crowd is doing. To be very transparent here, I could not care less who gets what for what song. I don’t care what Katy Perry is doing, ever! Nor do I care what Keith Urban thinks about anything. These are human beings who happen to be fortunate enough to sell their wares to people who seemingly have no life of their own and must in some sick way live vicariously through someone else. These so-called “artist” will die one day just like you and me and will take nothing with them and face a Holy God who will judge them based only on how they responded to His Son, Jesus Christ. The only concern I have for any of them is concern for their soul. (Even as a lost young man I cared nothing for what the “rich and famous did”, I had a life then too.)
And I will admit that I find it somewhat self-promoting for Christian artists to even take part in such a worldly affair and seek the accolades of men. Imagine having an awards ceremony for preachers!? We could have the best act preacher, the best dressed preacher, the loudest preacher, the best expository preacher, the best textual preacher, on and on ad nauseam. Silly, right? So why should those who say they sing for the glory of God seek any more accolades than you would expect out of those who preach the glorious gospel? But we will leave that for another blog another time.
Here is my point (or points!) for this past Grammys. Why does it surprise many Christians when they watch a worldly show of mostly worldly people owned by worldly people and expect anything different? Lost people are going to act like lost people. The mass homosexual marriage circus act, the demon whatever Perry act, and Beyoncé and Jay-z being, well Beyoncé and Jay-Z, should not surprise Christians. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” comes into play here. You take lost people, let them basically control the evening and live in a self-absorbed world, and what did you expect? Really, did you expect Beyoncé to come out like Ruth Graham? Did you expect “I Kissed a Girl and Liked It” Perry to come out and be all wholesome and all? Did you expect the Grammys to support traditional marriage or any scriptural stance of any kind? If you did then I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. Actually I like that they “came out”. The mask of false fronted decency is off and those who care not a whit about God or His Word are being seen for what they are: lost, wicked sinners who love their sin. The lines have become more distinct between night and day. We (the American Church) have tried way too hard to be friends with the world. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1Jn 2:15-17)
These folks of the Grammys were just giving us a clear and living illustration of Rom. 1, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Rom 1:18-25)
However, the lost people playing out Romans 1 was not the real surprise of the evening. No sir, not at all. The real surprise (are you ready!?), the real surprise was all the Christians who flew home from a worship service of the Holy God of the universe to turn on that trash. The Christians who even decided not to attend their evening church services so they could partake in this perverted, demonic, sinful promotion – that is the real surprise! Another real surprise is the parents that let their children watch this filth, knowing the past of people like Jay-Z and company. Come on, get real, you had to know that the sewer was going to open up, do not act so surprised. And another surprise is the fact that many will excuse their actions away. Not the lost sinners who performed their wicked acts but the Christians who wanted to be entertained by the wickedness. Many in Lots family loved the sin of their sin-sick country and perished with them. …know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (Jas 4:4)
So what do we do? Well for starters let’s pray. Pray that God would change the hearts of the lost people who were acting like lost people. Pray that we will be more sensitive to sin and its disastrous effects. Pray that we as Christians will act with grace and share the gospel with grace. Pray that God would bring conviction on the Christians who support such crassness. Pray that all of us as Christians will be a little bit more discerning of what we take part in. Pray and thank God for at least two Christian artists who either left or did not attend and that others would do the same. Pray that God would keep each other strong in the faith. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1Co 10:11-12)
Next, let us look at ourselves and discern if we, as Christians, are more interested in entertainment and amusement than the Cross? Let us be honest with the Father and seek His will through His Word and let’s be a light of truth and holiness, not false piousness but real holiness that God gives us through sanctification, the setting apart from the common and unholy. There are many times and instances that we must deny ourselves the things of this world that run opposite of God’s Word in order to strive for the faith. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mat 16:24)
Pastor Alan Davis
Woodland Baptist Church