The two True Women who deserve Grammies…

There has been a lot of uproar about Natalie Grant’s leaving the Grammies on Sunday night. I am just going to share a bit of what she posted and then I want to say a few words of my own.

Natalie posted on Facebook “We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this: I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.” and then in another post “I’ve tried to read all of the comments on my previous post  but I can’t respond to them all. Most of you have always been so supportive and encouraging to me & I’m grateful. It does sadden me when people argue, judge and hurl insults at each other from both sides of the fence. I’m not going to engage in arguments, but just have a few things I’d like to say: I NEVER said I left during any particula…r performance. I only said I left early. I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post. What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus. I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12) I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I’m so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I’m so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity. My last thought: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe.” Romans 1:16″

I think that she has handled the situation with grace and class. She wasn’t condemning in what  she said or what she did. There wasn’t a classier way to handle it.
 
Now, I agree with what has been said that Katy Perry’s performance was demonic, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s performance was very crude in content and the mass “wedding” was extremely liberal, BUT! They all need Jesus just a much as you and I need him as Christians.
 
I will say this, however. Natalie and Mandisa-who chose to opt out of going to the Grammies altogether (when she was up for-and won-two Grammies) says a lot about the women. They stood by their convictions and that is of great worth in my sight. These are the kind of women that young women should be looking up to. Not the barely clothed women they are looking up to.
 
I see a double standard to what these women (Pop stars) are saying. They say that you shouldn’t have to dress provocatively to get a guy to notice you, but then they go and dress in pretty much nothing but their undergarments at their performances. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think girls-and people in general- pay more attention to what is going on, on stage rather than off. They see these women and the reactions they are getting and then think that if they dress, act and look the way the artist does they’ll get just as much attention. 
 
There is one thing I’ve noticed though, when it’s just an “average” girl dressing, acting and looking like the woman on stage they are getting called a whore and a whole bunch of other mean names, but if it’s the woman on stage she’s called an artist, beautiful and being who she is. Somewhere along the way there was an invisible line that was marked in the sand that-as I see it-says “If your famous you can act one way, an if your not and you try to act like them, you’re going to be harassed.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I think you should be able to be who God made you, but I also believe that you should follow what he says in the bible.
 
1 Timothy 2:9 says “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,”
 
God created us each to be uniquely us, but he also said that we-as women- need to dress modestly. That we need to cover ourselves up. This isn’t what is happening, though. All I see are little girls looking up at women that don’t seem to care how they present themselves. In some ways I think that they just dress so, so they get attention. I’m not going to go into the topic of being humble-which I could so easily do, but that’s not the point that I’m trying to get across. The point I’m trying to make is that we as Christian girls-young and old-should be looking up to women like Natalie Grant and Mandisa-who are true women of the faith and not looking up to women who are inevitable going to lead us astray with their actions.
We need more women like these two beautiful women that show us young women-and young girls-what a true woman looks like.
 
XoXo,
~Kris

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