#WCW – When it’s Truly Not Necessary
All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. 1 Corinthians 10:23 Amplified Version
Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well. 1 Corinthians 10:23 The Message Translation
Just days ago Pastor Jamal Bryant landed in the infamous hot seat for applying a segment from a chorus of a secular song to his Sunday morning sermon. The 15 second snippet of this moment has since jet lined across the social media stratosphere like an awry bullet. An eruption of emotion, both negative and somewhat accepting, has engulfed women in and outside of the church. Just what did he say? Take a look and listen: (via Loops Gist By AY)
Was that necessary? Now, this is just a portion of the full sermon I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare in which Pastor Bryant drops so much knowledge it’s hard to keep your pen steady on your notepad while taking notes. From the start of the video up until this slice of the taping, he tackled everything from the enemies attack on the male, the purpose of the prison system, and the ultimate plan of the devil to destroy the entire family by wiping out the women as well. With my attention at full peak, I could barely keep still in my chair. I recalled so many of my struggles in his sermon, clouds of tears inundated my eyes. Sensing a strong presence of the Lord, I had to lay my pen down and allow myself to be taught. The sermon was flowing with information and power. Then, the above happened. It felt like the room deflated. I didn’t hear anything else after that. I had to go back the next day and replay the sermon to catch the latter part of it.
Let me say this, I believe Pastor Bryant to be an intelligent pastor with a voice or message designed for this end time. He dares to teach and preach on a lot of topics other preachers shy away from, which is what I think makes his ministry so unique. In saying that, I do have to say I don’t care for nor do I have any appreciation for the phrase he used in his sermon. I believe it to be a form of name calling, and frankly, a polite form of telling a woman off. It wasn’t necessary for the sermon and it shouldn’t have been a part of the worship experience.
God grants us liberty, freedom of choice so to speak. He doesn’t hover over us waiting for us to step over the line so He can, with His paternal forefinger, nudge us back into place. He grants us the liberty to choose what is right. Unfortunately, sometimes we take that liberty too far. Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Does Pastor B using the phrase ‘these hoes aint loyal’ mean he’s going to hell or God is somehow going to strip him of everything and be done with him? Absolutely not! God doesn’t throw the baby out with the bath water. He employed grace for times like these. Do I believe the pastor could have and should have used a better analogy? Yes. At the level and the type of information he was divvying out, it wasn’t necessary. In my opinion, he broke the flow of the sermon with that statement. It’s still a great sermon. That part just needs to be edited out. He’s too awesome of a pastor to be using phrases like that. That’s not how you stay relevant.
I’ve certainly been guilty of the unnecessary in my Christian walk and I know some of you have also. A lot of it has to do with becoming too comfortable around things we shouldn’t be and allowing those things to become part of our everyday liberties. Certain types of music, things we watch on television, people we converse with, and a host of other instances affect the way we express our freedoms. We all battle this struggle daily. The only way to combat it is the old-fashioned method of weighing it out and walking it out. If you’re representing Christ and what you’re about to say or do doesn’t bring Him glory, then don’t do it.