That’s not a typo, you read that correctly. “When Jesus say no, nobody can ‘say yes.’” You are more than likely familiar with the new Michelle Williams single “Say Yes,” based on the Nigerian “When Jesus Say Yes” song that seems to be a mini Destiny’s Child reunion. Sporting Queen Bey on verse two and the newlywed Kelly Rowland on the bridge, let’s not lie, many of us were happy to see the trio together again.
“Say Yes” is a catchy little church beat that we can all enjoy and that will likely be heard on Christian and secular radio as we’re driving down the street, at family barbecues, and even at the store whilst shopping. Yes, we like the song. Now down to brass tacks.
Would the real Michelle Williams please stand up?? One day Michelle Williams is singing for the Lord in her C.O.G.I.C. upbringing, the next day, she’s “testifying” how the Lord made a way for her to be the final member of Destiny’s Child singing “Bootylicious” and other unwholesome tunes. (Come again??) Then she drops a Gospel album, then an Inspirational album. Next she’s Aida and Mary Magdalene on Broadway, and now she’s back in the world of Gospel again. Is anyone else here as dizzy as I am with all the back-and-forth??
And as happy as I am for clean music out there, if you’ve seen the “Say Yes” video it poses even more concerns. Besides the fact that it’s just insanely awkward for Bey to play second fiddle to anyone else–especially Michelle Williams–it’s even more awkward–and frankly, entirely inappropriate–for her to be clad in daisey dukes THE.ENTIRE.VIDEO. For a Gospel song!! Am I the only one who recognized this??
Not to mention it’s highly inappropriate to have someone riddled with Illuminati association rumours floating around about her and her husband along with sexually explicit songs like “Drunk in Love” and her best friend/god-sister known for her own songs like “Kisses Down Low” trying to invoke the Spirit of God and not another on a Gospel album. Strange fire much??
When did we decide it was okay to offer strange fire in our praise and worship? Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, were killed for this very thing (Leviticus 10:1, 2). When did we decide we could flip-flop between offering (singing) that which is holy and that which is not depending on our whims or what’s momentarily popular? I don’t have an issue with Broadway musicals (in general) or certain secular songs/singers. Some of them are clean and pure although they don’t carry the label of “Christian” or “Gospel.” But how do we decipher between selling records and honouring God? Where do we draw the line between purity and tainted praise/worship?
I will never tell anyone to not listen to non-Christian music in general unless they’re on a fast or consecration of some sort. Not everyone has that calling; I believe it falls under the category of working out your own soul salvation (Philippians 2:12). What I will say is to be careful of what you allow to minister to and inspire you. What spirit is it of? We are to test the spirits to see whether they be of God. What I will say is for artists to be mindful of how their collaborations will influence the overall Body of Christ and especially those young in or curious about the faith.
Does Beyoncé singing “Say Yes” mean anything? Does Kelly Rowland saying “Yes” invoke the Spirit of God? I say no. And I’m more than positive that God does too. God is not saying “yes” to anything about Beyoncé or Kelly’s careers. He is not saying “yes” to them running around scantily clad and “inspiring” the loins of young, lusty men everywhere. He is not saying “yes” to dressing inappropriately and indirectly teaching young, impressionable girls that it’s okay to do the same. God gives grace, but that grace has an expiration date and the purpose is to get right, not to keep doing your own thing and telling your own self “yes” whilst deceiving yourself and others into thinking it’s God. If you keep getting tons of yess in your career and you KNOW you’re not living according to His Word, it’s time to examine where these yess are coming from. I assure you it ain’t Jesus. So in the words of one wise Facebook commenter, “ Jesus said ‘no.”
Play your little ditty if you like, but don’t deceive yourself into thinking God has anything to do with it. Clean music? Yes. Godly music? HECK NO.