Question: Concert Invitations

If you ran a group and received an invitation to appear at an organization that condoned or promoted a lifestyle that is spoken of by the Bible as sinful, or, let’s say, received an invitation from a religious group of a religion outside of Christianityโ€”in these two situations, would you…

(a) Go without qualification,

(b) Go with the qualification that you were not restricted as to what you said on stage, or

(c) Not go?


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  1. Usually not go, but might go under some circumstances if what I could say wasn’t restricted (not likely to happen). Never would I go without qualification.

  2. You must be referring to Doug Harrison’s post in regards to the Hoppers’ performing at a benefit for an HIV/AIDS clinic’s food bank.

    As for the question in general, any chance a group has to minister to someone should be taken. THESE are the people who need reaching. The whole point of gospel music (and what I believe so many of us either forget or simply don’t want to acknowledge) is that it is NOT just for the saved; it’s to reach the lost.

    Besides, why should anything specific need to be SAID?? If you’re doing your job right as a singer/musician, your music should speak for itself. If they booked you based on your music, then let the GOSPEL MUSIC reach them.

    • A scenario such as that was one of the two under potential discussion here.

      Kyle, my question for you would be: If a group normally presents that man is sinful and in need of a Savior, giving an invitation to salvation, would it not make a significant difference whether or not they were allowed to say what they usually say?

      • Would it make a difference in their ABILITY to minister? Yes, it could. Does that mean that they still can’t make an effort? Absolutely not.

        If I got a call today from a gay rights group or a prostitution safe house asking me to come sing gospel music, I would do it in a heartbeat. I may not get to do a formal invitation, but you can rest assured I would give it my all musically. And even if I were prohibited from giving an alter call proper, I would still do whatever I could to get my point across.

        By singing at an event, you are NOT necessarily condoning what the event is for. I view it the same way I would a preacher speaking at a such an event. Now, if someone were to call me and say, “We just want some light entertainment,” and ask me to sing “It’s Raining Men” and a medley of Cher hits, then I would decline.

        My point is, regardless of the circumstances, if I have a chance to reach the lost, I TAKE IT!!! There will always be closed-minded people who immediately criticize my decision, but I’m not making it based on what THEY think. I’m making it based on what I believe GOD would want me to do.

  3. Of course you need to reach the lost, but you can’t give the impression that you are condoning sin. If you’re ministering to a group of homosexuals, for example, you cannot in good conscience minister to them without letting them know what the Bible says about their sin. If you didn’t tell them that, then you wouldn’t be ministering what they needed. If you go to the doctor and you have bronchitis, do you want him to just tell you that you need some medicine, or do you want him to give you something for your bronchitis?

    Since I doubt any organization would be OK with a group doing that, I have a hard time seeing a scenario where it would happen. But if it were me, I would only go if it were clear I had the opportunity to show that I stand where God stands on their sin.

    • Let me ask you this, Brian….does a Doctor treat healthy people?

      • But there is none righteous, no, not one.

      • My point is…why do gospel groups seem to think that CHURCH is the only place they can minister?? That has always driven me nuts about fans of gospel music. Whether they admit it or not, gospel music to them is clean, fun, wholesome entertainment with preaching mixed in. You can call it ministry all you want, but you’re ministering to folks who already know the message.

        Anyone who says that a gospel artist, or preacher, or anyone in the ministry should NOT take part in secular events, to me, comes across as “holier than thou.” Jesus spent his time among the crooks, drunks, and prostitutes, and just as now, the church constantly gave him grief for associating with such people.

      • I doubt anyone here would advocate that a Gospel group can only sing in a church building! We’ve all or virtually all attended concerts in auditoriums, basketball courts (as with NQC), community centers, and/or other venues.

      • In response to Daniel:

        Yes, but how many of those are church functions, or sponsored by churches with a majority of a church crowd??

      • Oh, I’m not disputing that most SG groups will sing to audiences that are 75% or more saved each night. That part of your assertion is true. It’s just the only-sing-in-churches part that I was disputing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Why do you think it is that gospel groups sing to a majority of church/saved crowds??

  4. I was going to mention what Brian did – Rarely would a group advocating one thing be willing to invite a ministry which was going to try to “convert” them, or work directly against their cause.

    I hate to say “If I were them,” “I would or wouldn’t do thus and so,” because my mom taught me not to! But I would be willing, I suppose, to talk to the group and make my position and goals clear. I would want to know what their motive in extending the invitation was. Are they trying to smear the Christian cause by getting pictures of us there to put up on their website? Are they trying to convert or evangelize us by letting us see how harmless they are? (That one doesn’t necessarily provoke an easy, direct response.) Are they wanting us to unite with them and create a front of so-called unity and tolerance, or get us to endorse the idea that “all roads lead to Heaven”?

    I have a hard time imagining a scenario in which you could effectively evangelize in such a setting. The one mentioned above about a clinic helping people with AIDS might be one, if the organization was not truly advocating for that cause. (I’ll have to mosey over there and find out what it’s about; just what I wanted to do this morning!)

    • Good thoughts. In point of fact, any organization has an agenda and a worldview, and any group does, too. And no matter where a group goes, their worldview and agenda will rarely be a perfect 100% match for the sponsor organization, be it a church or otherwise, though often in SG it may be a pretty good fit.

      That line of thought would be a pretty interesting one to pursue.

    • Now here’s a question….what would you be willing to risk for a chance to reach the lost? Would you risk ridicule, or even damage to your reputation, knowing that you might just reach even one person??

      • I would risk my reputation . . . but I would not compromise my testimony, my witness, my Biblical position/interpretation.

        Those are quite different things.

      • How would you be compromising your testimony? Unless you’re actually TAKING PART in what they are doing, you can still keep your testimony, witness, Biblical positions, etc., intact. In the world, not of it.

      • But what’s the probability that they’re actually going to let you? Remember Legacy Five’s recent story.

    • All very good points Amy. And I do agree with some of what Kyle was saying, namely that we shouldn’t throw away opportunities to minister to lost people. But problems could arise in cases where the people do not consider themselves to be “lost,” and where you will be suppressed if you try openly to minister to them at the event. And no, I’m not talking about the “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, come as you are” kind of talk, because that’s the same kind of talk that got Bill Gaither into trouble.

      A doctor doesn’t treat healthy people, but as Brian pointed out above, he really needs to TREAT the sick people.

    • I don’t have a public ministry, so I don’t pretend that this addresses all the points at hand. But I have sat in the homes of people whose viewpoints are diametrically opposed to mine. There is only so much you can do. You deal with people in a certain way before they have opened their hearts to the Spirit. You try to show them Christian love; you try to let them see that you aren’t mindlessly embracing what you’ve been brainwashed to believe.

      You could invite them to a concert and get up and sing, “I Want to Know that You Know,” and they’ll just feel sorry for you. You can sing, “You’ve Got to Know (You’re Born Again),” and they don’t accept the premise that they have something to be saved from in the first place. You can sing “Meet Him at Calvary,” and they’ll feel insulted. Until they accept some of the basic premises of Christianity, that kind of evangelism isn’t going to work.

      Now I know the next step of the argument – We should be out at the fairground singing, “If I Knew Then,” to help them realize their miserableness and get them under conviction or something. I don’t want to go there right now.

      But during my college years I have, really and truly, dealt with a lot of the people like you’d find at an AIDS fundraiser. They tend to be passionate and sincere, more so than the average nominal Christian. They’re out to convert me just as much as I am them. They don’t believe in sin or depravity, and the message of redemption (from anything besides social injustice) is foreign to them. The only thing that will make an impression on them is exposure to the unconditional love of God (as opposed to their idea that we hate them. Some of them really believe that there’s no way my church could be like me.)

      So if they are willing to let you come and present your message without compromising, I’ll try not to judge you based on the internet Gay Watch organization or whatever. But I don’t see it happening much. Probably it would be more effective to attend as an individual and try to connect on a personal level with the attendees.

      • Yes, exactly right. I don’t really have much to add. I especially liked the bit about how they don’t believe in a “message of redemption…” from anything besides social injustice.

        People underestimate the power wielded by the homosexual community. Granted, there are those who are genuinely repentant and are struggling to move on, but for every one person like that, there are ten who want you to pretend that everything is normal. At that point, we become the terrible, oppressive ones for daring to point out the fact that they are sinners who need Jesus.

  5. Get people to hear the Gospel or take the Gospel to them … I think that is the job at hand.

    Galations 3:2 (ESV) “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?”
    Galations 3:5 “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faithโ€””

    People (all people) do not know if they are “lost” until they hear … anyone’s ministry, singing or whatever, should be based around get the Good News of the Gospel heard. The spirit does the work.

  6. I have already purchased tickets for this event. When I saw the Hoppers were going to be in Charlotte, I didn’t think twice about going to see them in concert.

    I have respected the Hoppers for a long time. I respect them even more for stepping out and presenting their music to individuals that may have never heard the message of the Gospel.

    True Christian living is done in action/deed, not words.

  7. Looking back at the original question – I wouldn’t want to do just “get permission to say anything I pleased.” I would make it very clear what I did expect to say and what my message was. If that was accepted, then I would consider the invitation, based on some of the factors I mentioned in an earlier comment.

    There’s no point really in sneaking in and then springing a “Gospel message” on them. (I know that’s not what Daniel had in mind, but some people do seem to think that way!)

  8. Any group that doesn’t have option (b) as their overall mission statement everywhere they go should cease refering to the group as a “ministry,” assuming of course they do. Options (a) and (c) are pathetic for every venue.

    A majority of American churches can be described as condoning and promoting lifestyles spoken of in the Bible as sinful. Very few churches would withstand a John 6-8 style rebuke from Jesus Christ due to their self-righteous, zealous religiosity. So, unless a group’s venue-vetting process puts “churches” under the same scrutiny as “charitable organizations,” I don’t understand why they are vetting any venue.

  9. As otheers have said, all too often we want to keep the Gospel message safe within the confines of the church edifices. This is not restricted to preachers, but singers of most genres. I so admire Ernie Haass and Signature Sound for performing the national anthem at a Nascar race a few weeks ago. They sang the song faultlessly, and presented themselve and Southern Gospel music in a positive light before people who by and large are not Christians.

    But, for the sake of arguement, let’s assume that a homosexuals right group, or a pro-abortion group approached a well known quartet to sing. If the quartet was forbidden to sing songs which would be sung in church or in front of a Christian audience, I would say “No. Don’t go.” If they were told, like one quartet was reported to have been instructed on this blog a few weeks ago, “You cannot give a testimony, you cannot speak of your wwalk with Christ, you cannot give an invitation”, I would also say “No.”

    But if there were no restraints on the content of the program, I would say that I would go. The last time I read the Word, Jesus went to the prostitues, the sick, the tax collectors, and those who the religious leaders would reject.

    If I were a part of a gro

  10. My answer is (b).

    Recently, a community choir I’m part of was faced with a similar situation…though it wasn’t for an organization that promotes sinful activity.

    We were invited (more like begged) to sing at a tree lighting ceremony for a local municipality. I personally consider it to be a secular event, since it’s all about the tree and Santa Claus.

    We agreed to go under a few conditions. They agreed to accommodate us and told us we could sing whatever we wanted since we were the first group to commit. We had asked not to be positioned at the end of the program, and that’s where they had placed us.

    A week later, three more groups had been added to the program. At that point, we were told we would have to change some of the songs we had selected. Some of the groups that committed later were planning to sing some of the same songs.

    The final straw was when the person in charge strongly suggested we only sing a couple of sacred Christmas songs and add some secular classics like “Jingle Bells” to replace the songs the other groups were now singing. Our director had already taken a great deal of time to select music and get it organized for the event. Our community choir has about 60 members when all of them show up, so it’s no small task.

    Oh, and we were scheduled to sing last after three other groups that committed later.

    We voted not to participate.

  11. Jesus said the most important commandment was to love God. Second most important was to love our neighbors.

    It wasn’t until later he commanded us to also teach the gospel.

    I’d like to think that, given the opportunity, I’d do exactly what Claude did. I also think I’d tailor my presentation to the audience, just as any of us would do any other concert we did. Whether it’s a younger/older crowd, church worship service/school gym, etc. There are ways to talk about God’s love for us, without pointing fingers and saying “You’r a sinner!”

  12. I decided to post separate responses, so I could come at this topic from two different angles. I first responded with a real-world example where a group I’m in chose not to perform at an event when we felt we were being unfairly restricted on what we could sing.

    I’d like to look at the Hoppers event as well.

    The event the Hoppers are singing for is a benefit for a clinic that helps HIV/AIDS patients. A clinic to benefit sick people wouldn’t, I hope, promote the lifestyle that gets them sick in the first place any more than a clinic for lung cancer would promote smoking. Of course, this means there will be gay people there, but it’s not like they’re singing for the annual meeting of GLAAD. The clinic may not condemn the lifestyle (which makes little sense to me, since in any other medical situation, the cause would be condemned), but their primary goals are, I would imagine, helping find a cure for the disease and treating those who have it.

    I realize, Daniel, that your original question was generic, but the event featuring the Hoppers is on everyone’s mind. If they were singing at a convention celebrating gay lifestyles or at a church with an openly gay pastor, I would see some legitimate reasons for being concerned.

  13. Daniel, so I’m assuming you’re against what the hoppers are doing, based on your comments?

    I will throw this out there: I seem to recall that the pharisees weren’t too keen on Jesus hanging out, eating and drinking with those whose “lifestyles” weren’t pleasing to God either.

    I say God bless the hoppers for taking the great commission to heart and reaching those that need the gospel, with no regard to what others may say or think about them!

    • Nick, actually, your assumption is incorrect; I myself would probably choose option b and make it clear that I was going to share the Gospel. If they had any issue with that, then that was their problem, but if they would permit option b, I myself would go.

  14. How do you feel about Karen Peck appearing in a Hollywood movie? I think it’s great as long as she doesn’t have to compromise any of her values as a Christian.

    Of course, it’s good that the movie appears to be one of those feel-good stories about a gospel choir struggling to survive.

    What if it wasn’t, though?

  15. Daniel:

    My apologies then! I am glad to gear you say that. If we don’t strive to reach those who need the gospel, we might as well hang up southern gospel and sing some other kind of music. Especially now, when the world so desperately needs the light.

  16. As for qualifications, I agree with what I think Kyle is saying. Let the music stand for itself. A good SG song doesn’t need some one to preach it home.

  17. It’s obviously industry over ministry when you DON’T take these opporunities. We just need to “GO” and “GO” and pray for more opportunities like this. Gained a lot of respect for the Hoppers.

  18. I agree with David’s take on this. A lot depends on exactly what the organization is doing/promoting. In the Hoppers’ specific case, I may have chosen to go as well—though not without asking some questions first. It was the promoter who voluntarily said, of their potential audience, that “these are not your constituents.”

    I would be asking some honest questions based on that, about the behavior of these “non-constituents” as well as the general atmosphere and expectations of the event.

  19. If I read the Bible correctly we all are sinners and God provided His Son to pay the price for our sins. The question comes then, which sins [or sinners] are worthy to hear the Gospel in word or song and in what venue? Just maybe we should never go to churches where there are people who gossip! Or all those over weight people who practice gluttony? Sin is sin, all have sinned, but Gods grace is sufficient……and I thank God daily for that!

    • So I think the real issue is not where we go, but whether we have to compromise our message or our testimony at a given venue.

      • Very true! Then trust the Holy Spirit to use the Word and pray for a great harvest!

  20. Jesus “risked” His reputation by hanging out with publicans and sinners (i.e. dishonest tax collectors and prostitutes). He did not condone their lifestyle, but ministered to them where they were. Had He chosen to limit His minstry to the temple and synagogues He would have had a ministry primarily to the religous elite — and they didn’t appreciate Him anyhow!

    • Very true. But Jesus did say to the woman caught in adultery “Go and sin no more.”

      Ministry to lost people is a worthy thing. The problem is that circumstances may not allow ministry without pressure for simultaneous affirmation of sin.

    • Exactly!!! We were invited to sing at a mormon church once, I explained to the Pastor that we would not changed our message. As far as I was concerned his church and congregation was a mission field. I told him that the great commission in the Bible tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel! We were obedient to God’s opening of that door. I must say I was as shocked as anybody about the invitation. We were very well recieved and Jesus got a standing ovation on “Calvary Answers for Me”. I will never be ashamed of the Gospel or singing about it. Oh…it turned out to be our best night of CD sales. Only God can Bless like that!!!!

      • Option B for sure!!!!!

  21. I am all for ministering to the lost. I am part of a inner city mission where we sing and minister in the slums, in the prisons, in the detox centers, in Teen Challenge centers all over the place. God is doing miracles everywhere! The churches don’t need to hear the word of God – they are ‘saved’ and full and content in their complacency. They are happy with slapping each others backs every week and putting their dutiful offering in the box. Those are not the kind of people that need ministry (they do but are too blind to see it). However, I believe the purpose of this kind of ministry in going say, into a prison full of murderers or sex offenders or thieves and bringing the clear, sharp word of God that would pierce through their darkness and leave no room for rationalizing their sin, or entertaining it, but rather convict them to complete repentance. The other, I see as a sort of “pat on the back” – “Yes, we know you are homosexuals and prostitutes, etc, but God still loves you and we want to sing you some good ole’ Gospel music and tell you all about it.” God DOES LOVE them! But love doesn’t just blow a kiss and say “I love you!” to someone jumping off a cliff. Love screams “STOP”! and tries to save them. Yes, it may look harsh but which one really displays true love?

    • :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

    • How about this “Lord give me the words to say and open their hearts, send your Holy Spirit to fall upon this crowd. May you get ALL the honor and glory for it all”.
      Have yet to see that in ANY post. Prayer is the main key to any event like this. You will be amazed at what can happen if “we” get out of the way and let the Lord work!

      • Prayer should unquestionably play a vital role in any decision of this sort.

  22. As a singer myself, I would go with option “b.” There have been some very good points brought out in this discussion. I can see how most of the opinions have derived. I am a firm believer that we as Christians need to go out and witness to the lost. I believe that wherever we go and sing that we should present the gospel in a way that would be pleasing to our Savior. We should never compromise the Message. The lost will only come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ when they are presented with the fact that they are SINNERS!! We are all sinners and have fallen short of the grace of God but He can save us from our sins. We first have to know that we are sinners. People that conduct in sin and do not think they are sinning are not going to be able to come the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ until they realize that they are sinners.

    I think we should clarify with the venue that we are not going to compromise our message. The only way that we should sing is if we can sing the truth and not compromise the message. If the event was an event promoting a sin then more than likely, they are not going to ask a gospel group to come and sing. However, if they did want a gospel group and wanted to tell you that you could sing any song that you wanted as long as it did not offend anyone there then I would decline the offer to sing. My group is not going to compromise the message of Jesus Christ. Sin is sin.

    • Amen!

      (Your comment was a bit too short. Please go back and try again.)

  23. Jesus spent time with people of different lifestyles,but he let them know where he stood on those lifestyles.

  24. If it was promoting a lifestyle that was sinful, then no. Say if the Inspirations went on MTV at a concert sponsering Budweiser. That would ruin their testimony. Now, I have no problem with them going to a concert that was maybe on a country show like Nashville Now or the CMT concerts. The problem is if it’s promoting sin, it’s not only hipocritical to speak against sin while promoting it, but also damage to a Christians testimony.

  25. Another situation to nail to the Cross because only God knows it all!

    • I am not completely sure of what you mean by “nailing it to the cross”. We are all supposed to be daily crucified and that would certainly include our activities. But, we are also supposed to be led by the Spirit, having the mind of Christ in all things. I think before we go anywhere or do anything, we should have a clear answer from God on what HE would have US to do. Yes, He knows all things but we aren’t just His little puppets that he pulls all the right strings on – we have a free will and our task is to make ours line up with His. He has given us His spirit to empower us to continue His work on this earth. That’s why He said “All power on Heaven and earth has been given to ME; therefore YOU go and make disciples of all men…” They day we go in our own name is the day God’s working through us is over. Sorry, this is a pretty scrambled group of thoughts.

  26. Here’s another thought….what kind of testimony would you have if you refused to minister to a crowd….

    • It depends on your definition of “minister,” Kyle.

    • I think it would depend on whether you are really meaning personal reputation or Christ’s testimony. If it is a matter of personal reputation, we shouldn’t really care about that. If it is a question of bringing a reproach to the name of Christ, it goes back to the necessity of walking in the spirit. It is sin to both turn your back from the call of God as well as to participate in something that doesn’t honor Him.

      • Ironically, an artist might establish an even LESS favorable reputation in some circles by actively denouncing the sin of the demographic in question. But they certainly should not be daunted by the prospect of a lower reputation in the eyes of those people! Do what’s right, and you’ll be liked AND disliked by the right people.

  27. To me, to provide ministry, a group shouldn’t compromise and/or water down their faith to accomodate ANYONE. We are all sinners; but hopefully for Christians, sinning is an exception rather than a rule. I guess it would depend on the organization; but I would sing what I wanted and also say what I wanted – even if it’s not what those in the audience wants to hear. Being a Christian isn’t easy and people need to make choices that ‘walks the walk’. If you water down your faith just to accomodate your audience; then are you ministering?

    • Agreed upon !!

  28. Jesus was pretty commonly found with the prostitues, tax collectors (crooks) and so forth. And yes, we find many examples in the Bible of Jesus confronting that sin. But I think it a false idea to think that every time he encountered a sinner he confronted their sin in every single sutuation. He would have spent his time doing nothing but walking around telling people that they were sinners and in need of a Savior. Surely He spent time just hanging out and building relartionships with people.

    Back when I had a quartet we actually received many invitations to perform at secular events. We took them all. We never made any agreements of what we would or wouldnt say. We used common sense and were fair to our hists. When we sang at a state fair for example we did not preach at the crowd and give an altar call. We just sang our songs and entertained the audience. But we sang the exact same songs we sang at churches on Sunday mornings.

    But the point is that what we “said” was irrelevant. The music did the talking. We did WAY more ministry in the secular events before and after the concerts than we ever did in all the churches we sang in.

    If I had it to do all over again, I would aim to do even more secular events.

    • “what we โ€œsaidโ€ was irrelevant. The music did the talking.”

      I couldn’t agree more!!!!!

    • Music is good for entertaining us, and lots of gospel music is great for edification as well, but it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I’m sure you did an excellent job of entertainment, but how many souls did you see saved at these events without giving a spoken word of gospel, and an invitation?

      • alot of people were saved. because reaching the lost it isnt always about giving a sermon and an invitation from the stage. we would sing our songs and meet people and hear their stories and share Christ with them individually. Happened all the time.

        We sang at a Walmart parking lot once and a woman got out of her car and was walking to the store. She heard us singing and by the time she got near us she fell on the ground crying in tears. When we finished the song we took a little break. One of my brothers went and talked to her and led her to Christ.

        What I mean by what we “said” was irrelevant-is that that “preaching” in between songs or giving an altar call is not a necessity.

        I spent 15 years in full time ministry and traveled all over the country (46 states). I dare say I have had a bigger ministry working in the corporate world just working side by side with people in a normal environment.

  29. I don’t agree that what you say is irrelevant – I suppose we could say anything with that cover?
    I am not saying that you will always confront with a shaking finger and sharp words someone’s sin. But I believe you must be willing to and never compromise in order to look like the “nice guy”. Yes, a lot of times music speaks louder than mere words. For example, several times I have sang for President Bush and his family. I greatly honor and respect him although I do not agree with all his decisions or beliefs but I doubt he would have been as receptive if I had just started talking about being a man of no reputation, but when I sang it, he was deeply moved. I never really said anything the whole time but when I got to the last verse of In Christ Alone (that grammatically incorrect song NSGF ;-)) and he was on his feet with tears streaming down his face, I felt like the song had accomplished what words could not. However, words DO matter!

    • I’ve sung “In Christ Alone” too Susan. It may not be entirely grammatical, but it certainly is exciting stuff and full of truth. ๐Ÿ™‚

      When did you have the opportunity to sing for President Bush?

      • Earlier this year as well as last year. At his request I can’t say where ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry! He really is just a normal man like the rest of us though. Some people have strange ideas about him…

      • Interesting! I was just curious as to how you had the opportunity. Are you personal friends with him?

        I too didn’t agree with all of his policies, but I truly believe his heart is in the right place, and he’s a good man.

      • Well, I mentioned earlier that I sing and play a lot of instruments. Several of my friends were personal friends of his and they know his love for southern gospel music so they suggested that we meet. We did and I guess he enjoyed it because he asked me to come back. We had a date scheduled for Christmas also but due to some conflicting situations on his end it is postponed to the spring of ’11. I think he was the best president at least in a LONG time, especially considering the times he held office. He is a fun, loving, funny, sweet man! He solicits our prayers.

      • Wow, that’s pretty cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

        He certainly was vastly superior to both his immediate predecessor and successor. ๐Ÿ˜†

        However, in my opinion the best President in relatively recent memory would easily be Ronald Reagan.

      • Susan – very cool!

    • i dont think its a choice between compromise or preaching.

      • Today I received an invitation from a bride and groom-to-be to sing at their wedding at their church. I don’t personally know these people but my best friend does and even though they are part (somewhat) of this church, they compromise their beliefs left and right, their relationship is really out of order – BUT, their whole church and their families approve of this marriage. I don’t and I feel like in singing at their wedding, I would be showing my approval and participation in that union so I declined. Someone earlier mentioned ruining Christ’s testimony by not performing in certain circumstances. This couple threw a fit and yes, my reputation is marred in their sight, but I don’t believe God’s testimony is.

      • Good for you!

        (Your comment was a bit too short, etc.)

  30. I hear he was a good man – I wasn’t around then ๐Ÿ™‚ I was born during Bush senior’s term. I know George W Bush really like Reagan though. He amazes me with his ability to keep a positive outlook on all the presidents. Some of us have a harder time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Some of us have a harder time because some Presidents have given us more positive things to say about them than others. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • That’s exactly right. I have to say, I may have a harder time singing for some…

      • I wouldn’t have a hard time, because I wouldn’t waste time fretting. It would be an easy “no” for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. LOL okay we’re both in agreement with that one ๐Ÿ™‚ How do you feel about singing for President Bush?

    • I’m not sure. As I said, I do have some definite disagreements with the decisions he made, but I don’t think I would have the kind of principled objection to performing for him that I would have to doing so for some other Presidents. I do have respect for him personally.

      • I felt the same way about it. The first time was of course a little scary but they really are moved by the songs and I believe it goes deeper than entertainment. I once asked him why he didn’t just have professional bands play and he said “I don’t know, but there is something about your songs that makes me feel different.” I know it’s not “my” songs but rather God that he feels.

  32. One thing I would say is that I don’t know how likely it is that gospel artists would get invitations from non-Christian religious groups.

    After all, when was the last time a southern gospel quartet got invited to sing at their local mosque? Somebody help me out here, ‘cuz I’m not remembering…

    I guess where it might become an issue would be with heretical groups who don’t consider themselves to hold beliefs that differ significantly from orthodox Christianity.

  33. Daniel – I feel privileged – I’m kind of a nobody little girl but I love to sing ๐Ÿ™‚


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