'I Still Pray for Simon Cowell'

From the stage of 'American Idol' to the gospel music recording studio, Mandisa lets Jesus guide her path.

deiniedstone

03/01/2010 11:59:31 AM

Please accept my apology for mis-spelling your name. It is Mandisa instead of Madisa.

deiniedstone

03/01/2010 11:52:49 AM

I do not remember Madisa saying that she WOULD NOT perform in front of a gay/lesiban audience. I heard her say that she did not feel COMFORTABLE with performing. There is a big difference. Madisa my hat is off to you. Please for the Kingdom of God's sake continue to persue the Will of God for your life and do not compromise what you believe but remain in a position to be taught by The Teacher, continue to hunger and thirst after Him, and continue to listen to His Voice regarding His Plans and Purpose for you. Also be slow to speak and quick to hear because just as the pharisees tried to trap Jesus with open end questions people will try to trap you. You have indeed already impacted live(s) and you will I have no doubt continue to impact and change the quality of life for many many many more lives. Just remember many are plans that are in a MAN'S mind (in your mind) but it is the Lord's purpose for you that WILL stand (Proverbs 19:2). I decree and declare the ground that the soul of your feet tread on it IS YOURS. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His Might; Be strong and do it!!!

saint-in-training

07/28/2008 10:40:28 PM

What do I believe? I believe God does love all of us, but He despises sin. And those who live in sin and decide to by their own accord are not living by God's word. I really appreciate that Mandisa, someone in the public eye is willing to stand up for the truth when it is so easy to bend to the pressure of those who want you to be "politically correct." God is loving, and God is just. Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27 I support Mandisa's decision to stand up for the truth. We all should.

kirkpasf

03/27/2008 05:48:01 PM

A quote from a respected man of God: "Jesus did not say, 'If I be lifted up I will draw some'." Jesus said, 'If I be lifted up I will draw all, all, all, all, all. Black, white, yellow, rich, poor, clever, not so clever, beautiful, not so beautiful. It's one of the most radical things. All, all, all, all, all, all, all, all. All belong. Gay, lesbian, so-called straight. All, all are meant to be held in this incredible embrace that will not let us go. All." -Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

Mertonfan

01/18/2008 10:32:04 AM

As someone who voted for Mandisa, I am deeply saddened, shocked and disappointed that she is perpetuating harsh homophobia. Mandisa speaks as if she is a Bible scholar. I am curious: What exactly is her theological training? My guess is that she doesn't have a single day of formal theological training. If she does, apparently she missed the message of Luke's gospel - that God loves all people. The Bible is not "anti" anyone. I am always baffled when a member of one minority group scapegoats members of another minority group. Must be something to do with all her inner pain, and her need to project it outward onto others. Let's call on Mandisa to apologize for scapegoating minorities and spreading bias. Until then, I hope you'll join me in NOT buying her records or financially supporting her career.

bhaktigirl22

09/04/2007 04:10:00 PM

For anyone who thinks we shouldn't pick and choose what we want from the Bible: so you think we should stone women for wearing cloth made of two different types of thread?.....Own slaves?.....

catness

08/31/2007 04:58:58 PM

What amuses me regarding her feelings about performing in front of a "gay audience" is that I'll bet every time she performed in front of a large audience, there were homosexual persons in the crowd. It's especially amusing to me when I hear about people refusing services or whatever to homosexuals..because many people interact with gays on a daily basis and do not even know it.

sjm525

08/31/2007 11:07:01 AM

To the previous post. God is a righteous judge and his word will not come unto Him void. Don't ignore parts of the Bible to fit your own desires. I continually pray for eyes to open and for true repentance in all lives. God Bless You. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (Amplified Bible)Amplified Bible (AMP) 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, 10 Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

altheadawn

08/22/2007 08:07:10 PM

I am concerned that someone who has such a public profile is positioned to add to and confirm the ignorance about LGBTs. She either is ignorant of or totally denying the existence of Christian LGBTs. Has she never heard of the Metropolitan Community Church? Or else why does she assume that the gay audiences would not want her to sing Christian songs? And if she can sing secular songs on American Idol is she using religion to cover up her homophobia when she says she would not sing to a gay audience for that reason? Further does she think that the there were no votes for her from the gay population? Like so many homophobes she needs to think some more about her position on LGBTs and not hide behind a selecive reading of the Bible.

paulaedwina

08/13/2007 10:07:14 PM

Doesn't the bible also have unambiguous rules about eating shellfish, women touching men's genitals, mixing certain types of fabric in one garment....

deepthinker1

08/13/2007 10:03:27 PM

"...I don't think finding homosexuality wrong is "reading something" into the Bible; there are only so many ways to read "do not lay with a man as you would with a woman, it is forbidden." I find people rushing to conclusions annoying. I was referring to: Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." God Bless

paulaedwina

08/13/2007 08:13:34 PM

Post 1 of 2 Well, I'm not really interested in lending any energy to parsing the bible since I'm an atheist and feel that people too often use religion as an excuse to treat others badly. My comment was concerning the huge irony of a person of color so casually casting aspersions on an entire group of people based on one criterion.

paulaedwina

08/13/2007 08:13:13 PM

continued below. cont'd (2 of 2) And with a smile, because her god told her to. There wasn't too long ago a time when slave masters used the bible to admonish their slaves to be obedient because Peter or some other said, point blank that it should be so. So my how the worm has turned. Don't worry, black folks (I am one, for the record) karma with this intolerance towards homosexuals is gay black people living in secret and living high risk lives and keeping their anguish and often their disease to themselves because of rhetoric such as this godly woman's. And we're all paying for that; half the new HIV cases in the USA are in the black community - a group that represents 13% of the population. So I'd say we're reaping what we're sowing almost immediately. Paula -still an atheist.

Merlock

08/13/2007 06:17:31 PM

No; this was just the point I was trying to make earlier. I cannot think of really anything in the Bible that ever endorsed the idea that blacks are "mud people," though you're correct, it has historically been used for things like that, normally by twisting something into bizarre shapes or taking half of something into account and purposefully ignoring the other half. They've come to a pre-determined idea (blacks = bad) and then scour the Bible to find proof. Someone who thinks the Bible is against homosexuality is, frankly, correct---there's no twisting necessary, it's right there. I very much doubt that every traditional Christian in the world simply decided that they didn't like homosexuality, then just decided to use the Bible to justify it. (Notice how few nonreligious people oppose homosexuality---clearly it's Bible first, then belief.) God bless.

paulaedwina

08/13/2007 04:58:13 PM

I guess you kind of missed my point. Christian Identity folks are just as able to make the bible endorse their disdain as much as other Christians use it to endorse their disdain.

Merlock

08/13/2007 04:34:15 PM

"Bet you it would irk to no end if some white supremacist from the Christian Identity church explained with a smile how he wouldn't feel comfortable singing to black people since the bible clearly states that they're a mud race." Well, if she was smart, she'd just smile back and ask him to cite a verse. God bless.

paulaedwina

08/13/2007 03:33:29 PM

Interesting. When I first saw the article and the picture my initial reaction was 'geesh, another righteous religious about to spout peity and crap'. But I censured myself for being prejudiced and opened up the article to read it. Hmmm - interesting position on gay people. Bet you it would irk to no end if some white supremacist from the Christian Identity church explained with a smile how he wouldn't feel comfortable singing to black people since the bible clearly states that they're a mud race. Sigh. Paula; still an atheist

NightLad

08/13/2007 11:00:19 AM

Merlock: I was not trying to argue a ‘right/wrong’ point either; I was merely pointing out one facet of such people’s hypocrisy that annoys me so. And, to be fair, lots of conservative Christians DO think divorce is sinful---and often get flak for it, I might add, being so "behind the times" on that matter Yet, with the vast amount of divorce plaguing the country, I hear not a peep in favor of a constitutional amendment banning the wicked, sinful practice. ;-)(That’s all I’m saying.) While I am loathed to make any type of comparison between infidelity and homosexuality, I must give voice to the nature of the argument from the other side of the fence. Please don’t take my words to imply that I find anything remotely similar between the two. Henrietta22: *snaps!*

Henrietta22

08/13/2007 10:31:11 AM

Merlock, the biggest difference between what society thinks and demonstrates of what they think about Homosexuality, divorces, or adultery today is that adulterers, and divorcees are not beaten-up, killed, seperated from civil rights of others, pointed at, talked about, and just plain disrespected by religious bible fundamentalists. I think Nightlad would agree with me.

Merlock

08/13/2007 09:41:08 AM

NightLad---I was not meaning to argue in the "is homosexuality right" question with my last comment, but merely note that, whether right or wrong about it, it's not as though people who read an anti-homosexual message in the Bible are making it up. To use your analogy, no one ever comments "well, adultery is okay...some say it's a sin, but you can read anything into the Bible if you read that into it." And, to be fair, lots of conservative Christians DO think divorce is sinful---and often get flak for it, I might add, being so "behind the times" on that matter---and I'm pretty sure just about everyone agrees adultery is sinful. I'm sure if "the Society of Middle-Aged Men and Their Nineteen-Year-Old Secretary Girlfriends" called on Mandisa to speak at their next conference, she would decline that too. :-) God bless.

NightLad

08/12/2007 10:21:55 PM

Merlock And the statement that comes right after that quote you made, the one about how (heterosexual!) adulterers should be killed… that never finds its way into the mindset of these people, does it? Do you think it is a coincidence that celebrities safely play Pious-Pete while denouncing homos, but they never dare say, “I would feel uncomfortable singing for divorced people, or adulterers. Jesus himself spoke out against those people and their wickedness. I could not support or advocate those types of people.” I think it mostly boils down to politics and what sounds good. It must be great to have a designated whipping boy.

Henrietta22

08/12/2007 08:52:56 PM

Madisa said she wouldn't mind if "American Idol" changed their title, because of using the word Idol; why then did she choose to use the title "IdolEyes" for an inspirational Christian memoir album she recorded? She could have used "Idolized", just as well to describe how she feels about Christ, instead she chose to use what she did for attention to herself for winning first place on American Idol, and thereby pulling in more money.

Merlock

08/12/2007 02:11:47 PM

"...but rather based on her 'interpretation' of the Bible which like any book, allows people to read into what is comfortable for them." Okay, the whole issue of homosexuality and this singer's opinion about it aside, I always find this argument a little annoying. I don't think finding homosexuality wrong is "reading something" into the Bible; there are only so many ways to read "do not lay with a man as you would with a woman, it is forbidden." I mean, I understand if one isn't a Jew or Christian, and thus simply does not believe in the Bible; or a more liberal member of those faiths, who think not every word of it is literal. But don't pretend as if those who disagree are wracking every word of the Bible, twisting things into pretzels just to fit their opinions. It's there whether you like it or not. God bless.

deepthinker1

08/12/2007 10:40:59 AM

I noted that most of Mandisa's prayers are focused on her wants and needs. Jesus sat amongst the prostitutes and lepers - he did so without judgment, without want - from his heart - BEING the life he supported for all. It's too bad that his actions are not truly a part of Mandisa's religious(not spiritual) tapestry but rather based on her 'interpretation' of the Bible which like any book, allows people to read into what is comfortable for them. Christ's actions spoke loudly, so does hers. If your message is not universal and loving to all of God's children, then stop preaching girl!

Hello_honourable_friends

08/11/2007 08:52:29 AM

Hello delightful Christians, I pray God will grant every Christian who wishes to bring the Words of God to music for the sake of God - the utmost success. We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not, therefore, as wings to self and passion. (~Baha'i faith) Warm love and regards, Dan :-)

NightLad

08/11/2007 02:12:04 AM

One of my best friends happens to be pursuing a PhD in Theology at a Christian University. He scored the highest on his Masters Thesis and was presented with an award at graduation. He is Gay. Yet, according to Mandisa, Christian Principals don’t “line up with the homosexual lifestyle.” I don’t think Mandisa is a bad person, and if she feels drawn to expressing her faith through song, more power to her, but I was really taken aback by her comments about performing for GLBT people. She expressed a lot of negative stereotypes and hurtful misconceptions. If she is uninterested in freeing herself from these spiritual anchors and growing as an individual in the light of love, than I pity her, and pray for her, and I certainly don’t miss her performing for my community. The ironic thing is that GLBT exist in every community. Wake up Mandisa; odds are you already have some fans, regardless! Be blessed.

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