According to SFGate, a church in San Francisco will host a “Beyoncé Mass,” featuring songs from the pop star that congregation members will be invited to sing along to, and one of its pastors is insisting that the event goes hand in hand with the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” said Rev. Jude Harmon, director of innovative ministries for Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal Church.
“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.”
Harmon, who is also the founder of Vince, a weekly contemporary worship service project espousing progressive theology, insisted that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s music “opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females.”
“The beauty of Beyoncé’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone.”
“We can use it as a conversation starter. That’s what it’s designed to be.”
The evening will feature music, readings from scripture by women of color and a sermon by Rev. Yolanda Norton, who serves as the assistant professor of the Old Testament at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she also teaches a course called “Beyoncé and the Bible.”
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14; NIV)
When a church believes that they require the devil’s music and worldly causes to draw people into it (instead of the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ), that should be a sober reflection of how lukewarm and backslidden it has become.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5; KJV)
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (Jeremiah 10:21; KJV)