A San Francisco church recently held a Beyoncé Mass that featured songs from the pop superstar. This unusual, nontraditional service gained national attention for obvious reasons and raised concerns within the Christian community.
The Rev. Jude Harmon, the director of innovative ministries at the Grace Cathedral, said that "I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church, but Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We're following in the way of Jesus."
That’s true. Jesus did have a way of getting people’s attention and getting them talking, but I’m not sure he would’ve ever done it by using the music of a secular pop singer in the church.
Playing her music in the church I believe sends a mixed message. On the one hand, you are a church allegedly promoting a Christian and Biblical viewpoint, but at the same time you’re promoting in the church a singer that has songs and lyrics that definitely are not promoting a Biblical message.
According to Fuse TV, her latest album contains many raunchy lyrics that I’m not gonna quote, but if you’re curious, Google the lyrics to the songs “Blow” and “Drunken in Love.” One song even has a Monica Lewinsky reference!
To be fair, I believe Beyoncé is a very talented singer and a beautiful woman. I like some of her songs (the clean ones). However, this Beyoncé Mass is another example of the creeping progressivism and secularism that is finding its way into houses of worship. Too many churches are allowing the secular culture to influence them, instead of them influencing the secular culture.
This trend didn’t start with the Beyoncé mass. Some churches have been holding U2 Eucharist (U2charist) for the past decade that features songs from the Bono led band.
I believe this creeping secularism within the walls of the church is confusing a lot of people about what the church stands for and its values. When it comes to the message of the church, there should be no doubt where it stands. Unfortunately, the message of some houses of worship is becoming less clear than trying to hear a Beyoncé song on a static filled radio station.
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