Torrence’s Take On Da T.R.U.T.H. “Situation”Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm.
And another one bites the proverbial “moral indiscretion dust.” This is beginning to get a little out of hand. Gospel rapper Da Truth recently posted an apology to his fans on his website www.datruth.net stating that he had suffered a moral indiscretion and would be taking a sabbatical to get “restored” or something like that. (Not in the mood for cutting and pasting so go read it there.) But seriously, this is getting to be a little too common and ridiculous. Now y’all all know me and know full well that I’m probably one of the LEAST judgmental people there are and this is the very reason I’m a little….ummm….”frustrated.” (having a hard time finding the best word.)
Infidelity or “moral indiscretions” as they’ve been code-worded for the last year or so is nothing new but they seem to be getting messier as the days go by, especially among gospel artists. Not too long ago, we discussed a situation with gospel rapper The Ambassador where I kind of got a little beside myself and ‘went in” on his label Cross Movement Records for that silly and over the top (that still stands) statement they put on their website where they put his business on full blast and sat him down. Well as so many of you and others let me know, that label is known for it’s very strict stance on “holy living” for their artists and that’s to be commended. However, I think there’s something to be said when you’re EXTREME VOCALNESS on being holy, right, etc. doesn’t hold. Perhaps you should shut up a little bit. Here’s what I mean:
As a Christian, artist or otherwise, I do believe and agree that we should try to be the best and live the best lives that we can. But let’s be honest, some of us are a little harder than others when it comes to how we present our “Christian lives” to others. I’ve noticed a scary pattern lately. The artists who keep “falling” are the ones who talk the most and strongest about living these extra holy lives. Yeah, the same ones who criticize young people for listening to “secular music.” Yeah, the same ones who say you can’t work with an r&b artist. Yeah, the same ones who call out “sissies,” smokers, and drinkers and al of that. Some will probably call this post messy, and for those of you I’m sorry if you perceive it that way, but for years I’ve had to counsel and reassure young people who look up to me who have struggled based off of these kinds of hard core and many times unbalanced teachings. I’ve always said a person struggles the most with the thing they won’t shut up about. Well, when you present yourself as “holier than thou” you had better be! But what I think makes these “falls” worse is that they’re so deliberate and calculated. Sin is sin and I get that, but cheating on your wife, especially with a choir member or fellow artist’s (who used to be your mentor) wife who’s been through something similar, etc. is just a tad bit ridiculous.
Now to be clear, I sincerely hope and pray for the best for Da Truth, Tye Tribbett, The Ambassador and others who have made mistakes, slipped up and are dealing with their marital issues, but I think this is a lesson to us to stop being so deep and judgmental of folks. Let’s REALLY LOVE one another and rep Christ and stop making ourselves out to be more than the humans in need of God’s love that we are. Trust me, it’s better that way.
One of my favorite twitter followers (and I follow her too) @youthpastorTEE recently said something that really stuck with me, the tweet went a little something like this. “People reject the Christ they ‘can’t’ see BECAUSE of the “Christians” they ‘Can’ see!”
I’m going to leave it at that.
What do you think?