Sneaking Out The Back Door

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by: Mello Twine @iAmFirstLadyT

While at an open mic event recently, I noticed something that I have been wanting to address for a while. 

Now, is the time. 

This open mic was held at a church. If you have ever done an event at ANY church, you know how it goes. They end it in worship, the pastor usually comes out and they take up offering. These things don’t bother me, considering myself more of a minister than a performer.

I understand that it costs to have lights on, to have staff tend to the building and the event and…the whole.

Let’s make sure we support those that support us.

The thing that irks me is when an “artist” comes to an event, calling themselves gospel artists and then roll their eyes during worship, scoff at the offering plate and leave before any one can fellowship with them.

(If you can’t tell, that’s the part that bothered me)

Listen, when you go out and rep Christ by calling your self a gospel artist of any genre or act, you need to BE THERE. Be there in mind, body and spirit. It is very offensive for you to go to these events and act like you have something better to do.

Now, do things come up that cause to have to leave early? Sure! But if you are guilty of doing this every time, you need to check your motives.

I am saying this in righteous anger. Some times we need to call each other out when we see a behavior that is out of line.

So to my artists, comedians, dancers, spoken word artists (and more) readers, I challenge you to stay longer than you usually would. Talk to the leaders of an event (you might get more “gigs” as a bonus). Fellowship with the other believers in the room and, if the opportunity arises to, pray over someone in attendance… DO IT!!!


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