No doubt you’ve heard of superstar sister duo Mary Mary. If you havent, you probably have but didn’t realize it. After reading an rather interesting interview Mary Mary did with a gay activist, I began to see the immense pressure to accept homosexuality as normal and to shuttle biblical truth if one wants to be big in the gospel music industry. Compromise is inevitable. It also points out how those weilding influence in the gospel music industry even if they believe homosexuality is a sin, are forced to bite their tongues to satisfy record companies and keep their gay gospel music loving fans. Translated: if homosexuals stop buying your music because of what you believe —and openly state— about their sin, you will not be successful. Moreover, it shows the snare satan has set for the church has two components: homosexuality and music.
Most of the names and personalities in the gospel music industry portray or call themselves ministers and evangelists, etc. But are you truly a minister of the gospel when you place success and acclaim over truth which the bible says “makes one free”?
We told you about Sunday Best winner Crystal Aikin who performed at the dedication of an Atlanta homosexual church. Although Aikin refused to talk about why she went, her manager explained plenty about the pressure to accept homosexuality in exchange for success in “gospel music”. Mary Mary (along with BeBe Winans) were judges on the show and chose Aikin as the winner.
Even season five American Idol contestant Mandisa Hundley was widely thought to have been axed from the show because of comments she made before singing Mary Mary’s hit “Shackles”. Her mention of the words “lifestyle”, “God” and “free” offended homosexuals watching the show. Mandisa said the controversy hurt her to the point of depression.
“It tossed me into a very deep depression,” Mandisa says of the controversy. “There was a bit of a campaign to get me eliminated by a population that thought I hated gay people. People thought that when I said ‘lifestyle’ I was referring to the homosexual lifestyle when I was actually referring to people saying that if you’re overweight you should have a lifestyle change. The fact of the matter is that I don’t hate anybody. I have several friends who are gay and I don’t treat them any differently than I would anybody else.” [source]
Again, another powerful reminder that if you sing gospel music, you’d better not make even the slightest reference to homosexuality being wrong…or else.
The gay writer who interviewed Mary Mary brought up the duo’s “gay fan base” and asked them what they thought about that and about homosexuality being a sin.
Another interesting fact about Mary Mary is their enormous gay following. Their songs are constantly played in gay clubs and many claim without the support of the gay community Mary Mary would not have achieved such mainstream success — not sure if I agree and obviously that could be debated. I interviewed the Christian duo this afternoon (not sure who the interview will be for yet — possibly Blackplanet.com or Rockacandy.com). I asked them several questions, but I wanted to share a small excerpt from the interview.
I could not help but ask how they feel about their legendary gay following. Since they are supposed to be “young and hip” I wondered if they had a bit more of a progressive attitude. Lawd knows if you want to see a whole bunch of gay folks just turn on Bobby Jones Gospel! I took an “informal survey” and many people (straight and gay) said if they found out Mary Mary is anti-gay they would definitely not support them. Many said Mary Mary is truly on the borderline of secular music and receive airplay on urban radio right after a Beyonce song — so they obviously love God, but hopefully they did not think anything was wrong with homosexuality. I doubted it — and I was right.
Clay: I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but you have an extremely large gay following — how do you feel about homosexuality and having a massive gay following?
Erica: We are aware. Ummm… how do I feel about homosexuality? I feel how God feels about it, but I still love them. I don’t agree with the lifestyle, but I love them. They can come to the concert; I’m going to hug them just like I hug everybody else. They have issues and need someone to encourage them like everybody else — just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute — everybody needs God. What your struggle is may not be what my struggle is, but we all need Him. So, that’s what our music is about giving and God, not to condone the lifestyle or to say, Oh it’s okay, but not to bash — but just to give them God. I mean, I’m appreciative of all of our supporters and fans. Hopefully what their hearing in our music is my love for God.
Tina: You know, I think the fact that our music is very upbeat and works well in clubs — you know, I think that’s something that makes more people gravitate to it. Like Erica said, we don’t necessarily agree with the lifestyle, but we don’t pride ourselves on bashing. Everyone has things in their life that they need to correct, everybody has struggles, everybody has things that, maybe I should’ve done it this way, maybe I should’ve made this choice, you know, or whatever. Even though that’s the way we feel, we don’t bash, we don’t do that kind of thing and we embrace everybody who enjoys our music. Hopefully our music is impacting them in a way that if they see there’s some things in their life that’s not quite right and doesn’t align themselves with what the Bible says — hopefully our music impacts them in a way that makes them want to change it.
Although only an excerpt of the full interview, its easy to see why homosexuality is rampant in gospel music industry. And why there is little to no effort to speak truth about it within the ranks. Mary Mary’s mixed message of pop psychology and christianese only adds further confusion to the already confusing issue.