Episode 1: “Nicki Minaj – Gospel Artist?”

Hey loves!

I’m baaacckkkk!!! It’s Videllia here and I’m super excited to FINALLY begin my podcast channel! I’m hoping that by introducing a podcast format for some of my blogs, it will provide you all with a different communication medium in which to listen and interact with me.  And if you like it and want to hear more podcasts or possibly see some Vlogs from me  be sure to let me know!!!

Today’s podcast is called, “Nicki Minaj – Gospel Artist” and I will be sharing my thoughts on the new song “I’m Getting Ready” – a gospel song which features Nicki Minaj.

Click here to listen to the podcast or you can just read the full post below.


Let’s get started…

The other day as my boyfriend and I were in my house getting ready to go to a baseball game, Tasha Cobbs’ new gospel song, “I’m Getting Ready” featuring Nicki Minaj began to play on the speaker.

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(Pic courtesy of Google Images)

I had already seen different memes and comments on social media that Nicki Minaj was on a gospel track and like so many of you, I just didn’t know how I would feel.  I like a few of Nicki Minaj’s songs but mixing the two – secular and gospel – together? Yeah…the Christian in me just couldn’t get with the idea at all.

Ignoring my preconceived notions, I continued to listen to the track as my boyfriend and I engaged in a healthy debate over it.  However, as it was playing, I felt a different twinge in my spirit.  One I knew all too well.  The one where God speaks the truth to my own poor ratchet soul. And you know what I heard?

“WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?”

I want to challenge you all with that same question – who are YOU to judge? You see, it’s very easy for religious people (not just Christians) to be quick to judge something or someone who doesn’t appear on the outside the way we think God would want.  We think that just because Nicki sings secular music for a living that she somehow doesn’t know Jesus or rather – can’t express herself to Christ.  If you believe this for one second, then you sir or ma’am are doing something that God tells us we ought not to do. You are judging this woman and her walk with Christ.

Matthew 7:1-3 from the NIV states, “do not judge or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.”  Now flip it on over to John 8:7 part B where it also says, “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone”.

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Tasha Cobbs (pic courtesy of Black Christian News Network)

It is NOT our place to tell Nicki she can’t sing gospel or to tell Tasha that she can’t have a secular artist on her record.  While I understand the confusion this causes in terms of spirituality, especially when trying to bring people closer to Christ, at the end of the day, Nicki’s sins – whatever they are – are no greater or less than my sins which are no greater or less than your sins.  The Bible literally tells us the measure by which we judge others is the same measure by which we will be held accountable.

Think about it.  Have you not taken your sinful self to church one Sunday morning singing praises to God when just last night you were out with God knows who doing God knows what?  So what does that say about you? The same concerns you have about Nicki being on a gospel track are the same concerns you should have about your own hot-and-cold, lukewarm, straddling the fence type self? Isn’t is funny how quickly we forget our own sins?

This post was not to bash Nicki.  And it’s also not to bash the many religious people out there who stand by their own convictions in wanting a clear distinct line between secular and spiritual.  HOWEVER, this post is meant to encourage you all to stop thinking like the sinful creatures we all are and to start thinking like our heavenly Father intended.

Jesus had to check me REAL quick. Like I said, before even hearing the song I just knew that I wasn’t going to agree but after hearing it and letting GOD speak to my heart (instead of the comments on social media), I realized the only difference between what Nicki did and what I do is that her singing her praises to God is publicized because of her status whereas mine as just in my church or home.  At the end of the day, she, you and I are all sinful by design as the Bible says we were born into sin and shaped into iniquity (Psalm 51:5).

What’s her relationship like to Christ? I don’t know.

Why did Tasha want her on the record? I don’t know.

And who knows, maybe there are people out there who follow Nicki and who are dead in their sin and will listen to this track and hear something that resonates with their spirit whether from Nicki or Tasha and want to be saved. I. Don’t. Know.

You don’t know. None of us do.  But the good thing about God being God and me recognizing that I am NOT God, is that I don’t have to know – that’s between her and Christ.  And it’s time that we – Christians, believers, religious, spiritual or whatever classification you fall under – learn to walk in our place and let God reign in his!

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It’s God’s place to pass judgment. Not ours.  So why don’t we start by learning to judge less.

What do you think? Have you heard the song? What is your take on it?  Please include that in the comments section and let me know. As always, be sure you have subscribed to my website at www.only1v.com and are following me on social media @only1lady_v.  Muah!

~Videllia

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Poems, Expressions & My Opinions On Spirituality and commented:
    God has no respecter of persons, which Acts 10:34-35 KJV says. This podcast, by Ms. Videllia, made it so clear that who are we to judge anybody? I dare you all to listen to what she has to say. You will be amazed and also blessed ❤ ❤

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    1. Only1LadyV says:

      Aww thanks sis! Thank you so much for sharing this. Means a lot t me and I’m glad you were able to get something out of it!

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  2. Great post sis!!! Love it💙💖💙!!

    Yes, you are right it is not our place to judge. It comes down to where that no man has no place to put us in Heaven or Hell.

    Your not the only person who thought about a situation like this over a song because, Iassac Carree wrote a song “Clean This House” then, did a remix featuring R. Kelly. Of course, we do not know if people are being saved from gospel songs featuring r & b artists. There are other songs out there as well which fall in this category.

    God could be using these artists to help save souls without us even knowing. Like you said, “I don’t know”.

    I remember putting myself in situations to judge many people. Then, God made me realize I can be helping them instead of talking wrong about them.

    We must be careful of our actions and say-so’s. We could be entertaining an Angel, only God knows.

    No sin is greater than the other, as you stated and the bible as well.
    Will people turn away from gospel music just because r & b artists are in it? I do not know that either, but what I do know God is a God of love and all good things that comes behind it; if we don’t show love to our brother or sister in Christ or those who are not in Christ, then how will a person know about God himself?

    In the end; as you stated it is God to judge, not man.

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    1. Only1LadyV says:

      Amen!!! It’s a really fine line because most times we’re judging without even knowing we are judging. For example – someone could walk past us and instantly we could criticize their clothing, hair, etc. in a matter of seconds. But the beauty of God is that he doesn’t expect us to be perfect. It is in those moments where he wants us to realize what we are doing, repent of it and turn towards him so that he can help us judge less! Thanks for listening!

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