In the wake of Sunday night's Grammy awards, two Christian entertainers are being applauded for taking a stand against the secular music industry's mocking of those who hold to biblical values and the Judeo-Christian faith.
Bloggers and commentators are still buzzing about Sunday night's Grammy Awards that featured, among other things, a mass "wedding" ceremony for 33 couples – some of them same-sex couples – as well as seductive and almost demonic performances by some of the entertainers.
While the majority of those in attendance cheered those exhibitions, one Christian artist walked out midway through the annual event; and another popular gospel singer-songwriter – a two-time Grammy winner – chose not to attend. Both had been nominated for Grammy awards this year.
Well-known Christian gospel singer Natalie Grant left the show early. While her Twitter post didn't explain when or why she exited, it did say: "I've many thoughts, 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."
Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, says each person has to do what is right in their heart – and she doesn't blame Grant for leaving.
"I respect Natalie Grant's stand. I think that she left because she felt like she had no other choice – and [because] the very God who she worships and sings about was not in front of her," sans Nance.
American Idol alum and Christian singer-songwriter Mandisa opted not to attend the awards ceremony. She won two Grammys – "Best Christian Contemporary Music Album" and "Best Contemporary Christian Music Song." On her website, Mandisa states she has been struggling with "being in the world" of late and it was in her best interest not to attend.
"I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time," she wrote. "I am taking steps to renew my mind to become the Heavenly Father-centered, completely satisfied with Jesus, and Holy Spirit-led woman I felt I was a few months ago, but I'm feeling a bit like an infant learning to walk again on shaky legs."
Nance believes the message that evening from the secular music community was clear. "I feel offended on behalf of the Christian artists who were sitting in that audience and were basically told by other artists that what they do doesn't matter and that their religious beliefs aren't welcome within that community," she tells OneNewsNow.
The CWA president expressed concerned about what organizations like the Grammys will do next year, stating it appears many of the awards programs simply seek to out-do one another by attempting to be the most profane.