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Natalie Grant Replies Via Facebook Regarding Grammy Comments

For those of you who are a little late to the party, Natalie Grant left the Grammys early due to conflicts with the content and their beliefs.  She then took to facabook to explain that she had thoughts but was going to keep them to herself but felt it was best they leave.

First Comment:

We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this:
I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.

Apparently there are some that are upset with her departure and her reasoning. Now having read the original post she did not mention what made her leave directly, she didn’t say everyone was going to hell. To the contrary she mainly stated she loved working for the Lord.  My personal opinion she handled it with tact and more importantly GRACE.

After reading comments she released another statement as follows:

I’ve tried to read all of the comments on my previous post but I can’t respond to them all. Most of you have always been so supportive and encouraging to me & I’m grateful. It does sadden me when people argue, judge and hurl insults at each other from both sides of the fence. I’m not going to engage in arguments, but just have a few things I’d like to say:
I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early.
I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post.
What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus.
I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12)
I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I’m so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I’m so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity.
My last thought:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe.”
Romans 1:16

~ Natalie

My opinion is such,I did not watch the Grammy’s.  However I did see the opening performance and to be honest it was a little too much for me.  At that time of the evening I feel there are still children awake and watching tv and while the bedroom should go undefiled minor eyes should be taken  into consideration when on public television (or at least a Parental Viewing Warning). I’ve also read of weddings and witches and all kinds of things.
So my questions to everyone are as follows.  Where do we draw the line?  Where is the balance between that’s enough and wait you just went to far?  As Christians (I’m sure other religions took offense to some of it as well) do we stand up and leave these events and make it a rule instead of exception or do we conform while any and every lust invoking agenda is pushed? Also what will you do that next time you are in this situation, will you leave even if it is a school performance or will you sit by in silent protest.  Talk to me!
Well all I can say is well done Natalie Grant.  I feel your actions coincided with your beliefs and I feel like you addressed it directly and with a loving spirit.
Be Blessed,

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"We're Just Friends" and Other Dating Lies: Practical Wisdom for Healthy Relationships
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If you are attending the 2012 One Love Gospel Cruise here is your list of Confirmed Artists.

Fred Hammond

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