In The News
Los Angeles—Award-winning gospel artist Natalie Grant left the Grammy’s ceremony early last Sunday, raising speculation about what prompted her departure. Rumors flew that it was due to the mass wedding that included homosexual couples or to Katy Perry’s witch-like performance.
Grant refused to elaborate on her decision, tweeting, “I’ve had many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head.” She did note, however, that “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.”
The show’s mass wedding occurred during a performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love,” which promotes marriage equality for homosexuals.
Perry’s performance of “Dark Horse” evoked many comparisons to Satanism. Afterward, E! News tweeted, “Um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry’s #Grammys performance?”
The 29-year-old Perry, whose parents are both pastors, said she’s left her evangelical roots. “I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but I still feel like I have a deep connection with God,” she said.
Grant emphasized that she “never pointed out any one particular performance” that caused her to leave the Grammy’s. She said she won’t comment any further.
“I’ve judged no one. I hate no one,” Grant said. “And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite.”
Grant added, “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 into mainstream music, and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus.”
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…to use with your students tonight!
If you watched the Grammy’s, what was your response, and why? Did any portions of the show surprise or upset you? If so, did you turn off the television? Why or why not?
How do you feel about Grant’s decision to walk out? about the explanation she gave? Do you think she should’ve addressed what bothered her specifically? Would that have come across as judgmental on her part, even if she just stated her personal beliefs? Explain.
Are you willing to take a stand when something appears counter to your Christian beliefs? If so, what does that “stand” usually look like?
When does the culture you live in make you more sure of your beliefs? When does it challenge those beliefs?
In your opinion, is it best for Christians to immerse themselves in their culture, stay separate from it, or engage it when possible? What’s your attitude toward and involvement in movies, music, and other cultural influences?
Why do you think secular artists feel so comfortable flaunting their beliefs and convictions? What might happen if Christians displayed their faith just as boldly?
How do you think Perry’s parents feel about her music? What’s your reaction to her statement that she feels connected to God, despite no longer being a Christian? Is that possible? Why or why not?
What makes you feel honored to believe in and follow Christ? How sure are you of the “path” you’ve chosen?
Why do you think the path to Jesus and to heaven is so narrow? What can you do to stay on that path, despite the temptations and challenges of this life?
Scripture links: Matthew 7:13-14; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 4:17-24; Philippians 2:14-16; and 1 John 2:15-17.