The other day while listening to my local “gospel” (used loosely) station in Atlanta, I heard Heather Headley’s rendition of the Lionel Ritchie song “Jesus is Love”. Knowing how shallow gospel music can be these days, Headley is probably playing on your local station too. The only reason I paid attention was because I knew that Headley is a new diva/icon to the gay community. Perhaps this because they believe she believes homosexuality isn’t sinful. But does she…or doesnt she? When put to the test by a gay magazine, Headley gave this pukewarm response:
Advocate: There has been growing friction between many LGBT people and the church as of late, particularly over the issue of same-sex marriage. As a result, there will inevitably be those who question whether your decision to release a gospel album represents a departure of sorts from the gay fans who have so enthusiastically greeted everything you’ve done since your debut. What do you say to them?
Headley: Well, I think that everybody — people within the LGBT community and without the LGBT community — if they’ve known me [and] come with me since Broadway, [they’ll] know that this is not necessarily a departure. I don’t like to call them fans, I call them friends, and they kinda know that this is just a part of Heather; it’s a branch on her tree. I am amazingly grateful to [the gay community] for all the support and all the love and, to some, for all the impressions that I’ve heard have been going on. [Laughs] [she’s referring to men performing as her in drag] I’m terribly grateful. I do know that it seems sometimes that there is a friction between the church and the community, but I think in all I will say that there’s always love because I think that’s what God calls us to do. We may disagree on some things, but there is love and that’s the overriding thing. It really hurts me to think that there’s a lot of friction between the church and the community when all God calls us to do is love.
Headley knew that if she lambasted the church it could hurt her gospel radio sales. If she gave even the slightest suggestion that homosexuality was wrong, the gay community would label her an instant bigoted, Christian homophobe. Compromise is a killer. So I guess it came down to who’s feeding Headley the most $$$.
Headley recently made sure homosexuals didn’t derail her off-the-beaten-track “gospel” project and make her lose money and possibly get dropped from her label, so she performed along with the gay men’s chorus in DC. That gets you really big kudos from the affirmation starved activists.
Miss Headley, its clear youre trying to play the middle, but here’s a couple of reminders from the Word (which incidentally tells us to do much more than love):
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men, working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense for their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not fitting,
And knowing the judgment of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but have pleasure in those who do them. Romans 1:26-28;32
I would that you were cold or hot! Accordingly, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, before long I will vomit you out of My mouth. Rev 3:16,17
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, please take a stand and let God deal with people’s hearts. So what if you lose money and your temporary status?
None of that matters in the eternal scheme of things anyway. What matters is what you do for Christ. There is a way to be wise and win a soul, but giving noncommittal answers only shows where your real treasures lie.
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:26 ISV