Written by Ta’Mara Nicole
There is a very delicate balance between spirituality and entertainment. It is extremely difficult to give the world what it wants, from a spiritual view point, in a time where it seems like violence, sex, and drama is what we tune in for every week. As a Christian, I would be lying if I said that I don’t indulge in a safe amount of reality TV. However, I can confidently say that many of these women are not the type of model that I would like to personally portray. However, who we are at home, are who we are period. Some can model the perfect mask, yet the thing about masks is that they eventually have to come off! My point is this, in a world full of strife and temptations, it sometimes seems next to impossible to model our lives completely after Jesus, especially when each day seems to birth an elaborate plot to bring these unrighteous characteristics out of us.
This day and age, many of our young people are so very impressionable. They thirsting for identity and feeding off of what the media suggests as appropriate. Young women desperate to feel validated, may fall victim to the image of the beautiful Video vixen. a mindset which teaches her that her body and outward appearance is what should be cultivated in order to receive attention from men. While our young men grow to believe that, fast cash at any cost, measures their worth and establishes their name.
Where do we, as an urban culture, draw the line? How can we morally continue to ignore the fact that, whether we desire it or not, people pay attention to our behavior and admire us for both the good and the bad examples which we set? The answer to that question lies within those who make the moral decisions to translate spirituality to a world of lost voices. These chosen few leaders, mentor and meet each individual wherever they are in their walk.
And now for a few words from Pastor:
Ta’Mara Nicole : As artists, actresses, authors etc. Do you feel that once they have accepted Christ, there is a religious responsibility they must uphold? If so, what would that standard be?
Ta’Mara Nicole: Would Christians be considered hypocritical, or leading others astray, by doing a song, movie or book which was more worldly, with cursing, sexually explicit lyrics or portrayals?
Ta’Mara Nicole: I see that you have a very strong opinion on homosexuality. Do you feel that this is more of an offense to God than any other sin?
Ta’Mara Nicole: You seem very liberal on your stance for Black empowerment, where do you feel was the downfall of the black male in the family setting?
Ta’Mara Nicole: What have been your greatest accomplishments? I see that your son is an athlete, what sport does he play and what is your dream for the success of his life?
Pastor Jonathan Sanders: My greatest accomplishment was giving my life to Christ in 1990. Both of my sons play college football in Orlando, Florida. My desire, is that they succeed in whatever it is they want to do in life.
Ta’Mara Nicole: In your opinion, what is the greatest thing that a young male can do to mature without the guidance or example of a man, Christian, husband or father?
Ta’Mara Nicole: Today’s world glorifies the Video vixen types, the “Ride or Die” chicks, being a baby mama to a professional athlete or artist. What do you say from a Christian man’s perspective to a young girl on self-respect?