San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, one of the city’s most iconic churches and a picture of old-world gothic architecture and grandeur, will soon be holding a special “Beyonce Mass.”
The Christian Post reports that the event will feature “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,” the Rev. Jude Harmon, director of “innovative ministries” for Grace Cathedral, which is an Episcopal Church, told SFGate.
“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.”
If you’re wondering if there’s some kind of political agenda behind bringing a glorified pop star’s music into a church meant to worship God, you’d be correct. The church is holding the event to use Beyonce’s music to explore the way she reaches “marginalized families,” following in the grand leftist tradition of liberation theology, that teaches there’s no need to wait for Christ’s Kingdom for justice, but rather, Christians should fight for culturally Marxist social justice right here on earth.
2018 “so much conversation about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Harmon says.
“The beauty of Beyoncé’s music is she explores those themes in an idiom that is accessible to everyone,” he continues. “We can use it as a conversation starter. That’s what it’s designed to be.”
You know what else is accessible to everyone? The Gospel.
Jesus, the Son of the Living God Himself, lived a humble life among the poor, with no earthly wealth, few possessions, only to be hated and killled by the very people He came to save. The fame He garnered during His lifetime was due to the profound message of Salvation He brought to the people, the miraculous healing and miracles He performed, and the love He showed to all God’s people.
Beyonce, on the other hand, is one of the wealthiest women on earth, has multiple mansions, an army of people under her employment, no doubt multiple closets full of designer clothing and priceless jewels, and garnered her fame by dancing in skimpy clothing and belting out songs that other people wrote and produced for her.
When a church believes they need the message of a pop star to discuss the state of women and ethnic minorities, we have fallen very, very far from the message of the Gospel on which the Church was founded.
Pray for our country and our churches, saints. Evil are these days.