Award-winning Christian singer Natalie Grant and her husband, composer Bernie Herms, revealed they’ve lost thousands of fans after speaking up against racism following the death of George Floyd.
In response, Grant hosted an Instagram Live conversation Wednesday with a few of her black friends on racial issues in America to help educate herself and her followers.
“Maybe you’re like me and you’ve said, ‘I’m not a racist.’ I mean, I’m not a racist. And if you are a white Christian in America, I’m going to guess you’ve probably actually said that,” Grant said. “What I am learning in humility is that just because I’ve never acted, or said, or bought into a racist rhetoric, that my silence doesn’t make me not a racist, that my silence actually adds to the problem of racism.”
Grant said she and her husband read John 15:12 before jumping on the live video.
“’Love one another.’ To love as He has loved us because that love is this: that you would lay down your life for a friend. I don’t think that only speaks to actually dying for a friend. Personally, for me, it also means laying down platform, reputation and taking a risk,” she shared.
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“What’s funny is Bernie and I have actually lost several thousand followers in the last five days because we posted about this issue, which, for me, shows the very thing I’m saying — it’s a heart issue. At the very center of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of reconciliation. That’s the center of the message of the Gospel.”
On social media, her husband further exposed some of the feedback they’ve received for speaking out against racism.
“You should just shut up…,” “Stick to what your best at,” “Just keep writing and singing your songs,” “You’re not helping,” “You’re just another out of touch liberal celebrity creating more division,’” Herm wrote, quoting negative comments he’s received, on Instagram.
“These are just a very few of the actual comments left on mine and Natalie’s post about George Floyd’s tragic and horrendous murder. As America burns this week. And as racial injustice has reached a boiling point to where our black communities feel collective grief, vulnerability and rage – the comments above (that represent part of the status quo which sadly includes some parts of the American church) prefer that I shut up.”
The musician asked what would his silence actually be saying if he did refrain from speaking out?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law