19 August 2012

Tweet a Proverb, Make the Headlines

*This article originally appeared here at Christian Research Network.

More and more it seems that when a secular celebrity takes to Twitter and mentions God or Jesus, it suddenly makes headlines in the Christian media. One "retweet" of a popular "Christian" such as T.D. Jakes or Joyce Meyer, and the secular artist is portrayed in a whole new light. Seldom, however, is the logical follow-up question asked: Does the public life of this person demonstrate Christian fruit? If the answer to this is negative, then should they be applauded simply because they decided to tweet out a verse from Proverbs?

A primary example of this is the recording artist Rihanna, who has appeared more than once in the headlines of popular Christian publication, The Christian Post (CP). In an article entitled, "Rihanna Shares Joyce Meyer's Teachings With Fans, Calls Christian Speaker 'Awesome'," CP reporter Christine Thomasos writes,
Rihanna's spiritual beliefs may have raised questions for some in the past, but the 24-year-old singer is not afraid to admit that she is a fan of Christian minister and author Joyce Meyer.
This month, the record-breaking Barbadian singer has been using her Twitter account to spread Meyer's teachings.
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In a 31 July article, "Rihanna Visits 'Jesus' Before Ending European Yacht Trip," Thomasos again details Rihanna's "retweeting" of Word Faith teacher Joyce Meyer:
Last month, the record-breaking Barbadian singer used her Twitter account to spread Meyer's teachings. "If Satan can defeat you in your thoughts then he can defeat you anywhere else as well," reads a message written by Meyer and re-tweeted by Rihanna on June 4.
To underline her point, the singer sent a tweet to Meyer directly.
"@JoyceMeyer you're awesome," Rihanna told the minister via Twitter the following day.
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In "Rihanna Focuses on Obeying God, Sharing Scripture with Fans," published this week, we learn:
Most recently, the singer followed Meyer's path and shared a scripture with her Twitter followers.
In a message titled "Don't Be Lazy" Rihanna shared a biblical proverb with her followers.
"Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men," the Barbadian pop star tweeted from Proverbs 22:29.
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Each of these articles is written with a neutral tone, simply reporting the Scripture and Meyer-quoting Twitter antics of singer Rihanna. Nevertheless, they may leave some readers with the impression that Rihanna is a legitimate artist for people to follow. Articles such as these fail to acknowledge two very important details.

Before Rihanna is lauded for her use of Scripture, perhaps one ought to take a close look at some of the lyrics from, as one example, her album, "Talk That Talk." The album actually carries a parental advisory for use of explicit language, and thus the lyrics cannot be printed here. One cannot help but conclude that the "talk" to which the album title refers is not the wholesome speech spoken of in Scripture.

Further, it seems as though Joyce Meyer is the go-to "Christian" leader for singer Rihanna. Yet, it has been well-documented and long argued that Meyer is a teacher of the Word Faith heresy, and thus hardly a wholesome or legitimate Christian influence.

This brief commentary is not meant as an attack on these CP articles or even on Rihanna or Joyce Meyer. It is, however, intended as an alert and call for discernment as we read even Christian publications. It would most certainly be wonderful if someone such as Rihanna would repent, put her faith in Christ alone for salvation, and then demonstrate that repentance by denouncing some of the vile music that she has created and helped place into the minds of children and teenagers. Until this happens, however, let us be careful of applauding something that may be a feeble example of an appearance of godliness that nevertheless denies its power (2 Tim. 3:5).

4 comments:

  1. I don't tweet and don't even know how. I'm sure it's not rocket science. But I recon I've(personally) never seen nor had the need to do so..

    Nothing wrong with all who do except that those little tweets can easily be taken out of context if we're not careful and like ANYTHING too much of a good thing is not good..So balance is the key.. for people who don't read books, this is dreadfully a destructive tool in their way of communicating.

    "There are a number of causes for mindlessness." "The chief cause I believe of our mindlessness is television"- and now I add to that- I believe tweets.."It shortens our attention span and undermines and eventually destroys the ability to think with discernment. Many people are being conditioned to make judgments based on hardly any info. It certainly does NOT develop great minds but teaches people to be simpletons--especially for those who are not Christians. Some of these thoughts I gleaned from James Montgomery Boice

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  2. It would appear as the days grow darker, more and more choose to follow man, rather than G-d. We must be as wise as serpents, as harmless as doves.

    We must stand up, speak up and be prayed up. Studying His Word for ourselves - we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free.

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  3. This is laughable. In reality she is tweeting blasphemy which I understand from Scripture is any time we take the Lord God's name in vain. Rhianna, if anyone were to do any light research on her would discover she is not only vulgur in her music and attire, but is a mind-controlled puppet of one of the most powerful secret societies on the planet which controls nearly all of rock and pop music. The symbology in her videos and references to Satanic practices plus her connection with Jay-Z who is a total tool of the global elites like John D. Rockefeller should make someone who is a "minister" disassociate herself with someone like Rhianna. Why is it these so-called Christian leaders hold up someone like Rhianna as possibly a Christian and never publicly challenge them on their lifestyle?

    It is possible someone reading this comment may argue that I am in no position to "judge" Rhianna or Joyce Meyers, but a cursory review Rhianna and her lifestyle would draw only one conclusion. I am not condemning her, she will condemn herself as she continues to bow the knee to Satan, but Joyce Meyers, if she was doing her job, would meet with her and deliver the life-saving Gospel message that would tear Rhianna out of the clutches of the evil that has her enslaved. And as you consider this poor, helpless young woman, pray for her. Pray that she is unshackled from the chains that have her captive to a power that will eventually destroy her. This is serious.

    Connie

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    1. Thanks Connie. I have no idea who Rhianna is. So when you described her lifestyle, that helped me.

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