So, I’ve heard the reoccurring bants about Korede Bello performing at a church. I think the point is that he’s a secular musician in the eyes of many people and should not bring his secular songs to the Church, the “house of God”.
Let’s start with this Q, what is a secular song?
It is important to note that “gospel songs” are not classified as a genre of music. In some people’s view of Christianity, things are a tad bit clear cut. Meaning, it is either gospel or secular. I wrote something a while ago on Religious vs. Secular Songs explaining my confusion about the concept of music and it’s perceived and attached morality.
I’m pretty sure if Asa sang, it wouldn’t be an issue. We forget that what Asa stands for is very related to what Fela stood for. The only difference is their delivery.
In my opinion the intent of gospel songs is to spread the gospel and testimonies acknowledging how we’ve been through a lot but God kept us. Giving hope to people. The idea of Christianity and the Gospel is love.
We all know that not all songs that have God in it preaches or ministers hope. We also know that not all songs that minister life or preach the gospel in it have God mentioned.
A lot of songs inspire, they share testimonies, they share words on overcoming challenges and fear, they share survival, they minister love, peace, growth, oneness, togetherness.
In addition to this, I feel it is pure hypocrisy to go outside your “father’s house” and exhibit a character different from what you exhibit when He’s not there. The church is a building, the truth is, you are God’s house, his temple, he dwells in you. So if you feel it’s cool to listen to a song outside the church, then it should be cool to listen to it in a church.
The idea of praise is also to release the spirit of joy and happiness while celebrating God. The intent of some songs is to make you dance. Would you then term them songs for sinners because it doesn’t have God mentioned in it?
Again, some say gospel song is determined by the artist, well… do you know about his personal life? The fact that some people tell you they are born again and sin in secret and others are not afraid to show off their weakness doesn’t make them not born again. If you are true to yourself you’d admit that you also have your own challenges as a Christian but does that make God love you less? What makes you think you can judge people? Is it your place? No one’s sin is bigger than the other. Sin is sin. So maybe while you’re judging you’d take time to think about it.
GodWin is a testimony and it attributes all the glory to God. If you can’t see that and give praise to God then it’s not his fault that you’re being extremely selective of who God uses to bless you.
Stop being Judgmental… love is not judgmental.