This past Sunday BET’s Lift Every Voice featured hip hop artist- Lil’ Kim and R&B artist Lil’ Mo. Now don’t ask me what the premise of the show is, cause I don’t clearly know, cause just when I think I have it down, here comes a guest that I would have never thought would appear. Lift Every Voice is one of BET Gospel’s primary shows that air on Sunday mornings. I’ve seen some eyebrow raising guest on before and they do have a variety of guests come through, but I was completely shocked to see Lil’ Kim (not so much Lil’ Mo) on as guests. One thing I’ve learned from watching the show (here and there) is that you never know who has a connection to Christ. I’ve come away plenty of times saying to myself “I didn’t know they were saved!” And having a better respect for them.
However, that didn’t happen as I watched this latest episode. Now I’ve seen Lil’ Mo perform next to gospel artist so I saw the connection and why she was on the show, but I was clueless when it came to Kim. To be honest nothing about Kim or her lifestyle gave me “I’m Saved”. I was really trying to come away from that episode thinking more of these ladies and their faith and how I may can apply something from them to my walk with Christ. During their interviews both ladies spoke highly and quite intensely of their anointing that they say Christ has given them, to do what it is they do. Lil’ Mo stated that she knows she’s anointed because if you take her voice off of a record, people don’t want to hear it then. It was remarks like that, that by the end of their interviews with Cory Condrey, I had these questions: What is the anointing? What does having the anointing or being anointed mean? How do we recognize it? And How do we operate in it? I feel like we’ve humanized and lessened what the anointing is and what it means, because we attach it so easily to folks.
I must say, I’ve seen artist (gospel) perform/minister and I’ve said that they are anointed/called to do what they are doing. I’ve even said that about folks outside of gospel (i.e. Fantasia Barrino). However, I feel that God wouldn’t anoint someone and allow them to operate in His anointing if they aren’t doing anything to glorify Him or bring folks to Him for salvation. Like I’ve never listened to a Lil’ Kim song and thought wow, she’s anointed! So, yea those interviews left me jilted, and I didn’t want to feel that way cause, one thing that I feel is that folks can’t tell me that the way I connect to Christ is wrong. So who am I to call into question Lil’ Mo or Kim’s connection to Christ/faith. But I do feel that their conception of “the anointing” is off. Be honest is Kim operating in her anointing when she’s coming for Nicki Minaj? You can watch clips of their interviews here. So what say you? Leave your comments below.