A California pastor is defending himself after his San Francisco progressive Episcopal church held its first-ever “Beyonce Mass” this weekend.
Yes, you read that right. A pastor is using Beyonce as a way to get people to come to church.
This was part of the church’s series “Speaking Truth: The Power of Story in Community” which it said would tell stories of people who are “traditionally marginalized in Christianity.” If there is anyone who knows about being marginalized, it’s the world famous multi-millionaire Beyonce.
“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” said Jude Harmon, founding pastor of the Vine, a part of Grace Cathedral Church’s ministry. “But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”
The first part of the series was titled “The Original Nasty Woman”, and compared Mary Magdalene to Hillary Clinton. You know, because the devoted follower of Jesus, and Hillary Clinton have SO much in common…
“Strong, smart women being insulted and marginalized by agents of patriarchy is as old as time,” the church said. They continued to say that Mary would have been “Wearing a pink hat and marching with all who wear that epithet, ‘nasty woman,’ as a badge of honor.”
I may be wrong, but I don’t think Mary Magdalene, or any follower of Jesus, would be marching with those who wish to make abortion an acceptable form of birth control. Of course, the church didn’t have any explanation about the comparison, other than the fact both of them are women.
Rev. Yolanda Norton said that she’s “been asked time and time again, ‘Why Beyoncé?,” and explained that “I believe in Beyoncé because she reminds us you have to do things your way.”
Holy cow, obviously someone needs to go back to seminary. The whole reason God sent his son, Jesus, was because doing things “our way” only leads to destruction. We are flawed, but God is perfect. Pastors shouldn’t be telling people to do things their own way, but rather God’s way. I guess this is to be expected in a place like San Francisco.
When critics came out against the church using Beyonce’s pop music for “worship”, Norton defended herself by saying “You might want to remind them that God is in all the world and that Beyoncé is made in God’s image.”
While this is true, it’s hard to draw a connection between a Beyonce song, and worshipping the Lord.
“When we talk about womanist biblical interpretation, Beyoncé felt like a natural fit. If we look at the trajectory of her person and her relationships, we can see so many issues black women face and how it can affect how we interpret the text.”
Maybe I’m just not “woke” enough, but it seems to me that these church leaders need to go re-read their Bible. There’s a lot in there in regards to making idols for ourselves, and that’s apparently what’s going on here.
While we are all children of God, the Bible talks about people using the Word to further their own agenda. Sadly, this is becoming more and more common.
Romans 16 warns us “to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”