AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN WEECE, SENIOR MINISTER OF THE SOUTHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH Why the Public Appeal for Britney Spears is Commendable

by MullOverThis

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Dear Jon,

Greetings and God bless you and the entire Southland Christian Church.  As a sister in the Lord, I commend you and thank God for your call to pray for Britney Spears.  I became awakened to this cry for support to pray for Britney from an open letter to you from MoKelly and felt compelled to express another view. In light of all that has happened publicly in the church in 2007, this is refreshing. Do not give up in your prayers.

 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/433698/an_open_letter_to_rev_jon_weece_of.html

 

In approximately 2004, I received a personal phone call from the sponsor of an annual service for Whitney Houston to attend a Night of Healing in Manhattan where her mother, Sissy Houston, and a host of other friends and the community focused on praying for Whitney. The objective was to pray for her to come back to her roots and be delivered from drugs and  vices that often plague successful entertainers and to let her know that the church was praying.  Although I was not able to attend that particular service, my local church had been praying for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey (depression), DMX, and so many other celebrities who had faced the same challenges that many of us do, just in their own “world”.  

I cannot imagine that the media magnet who claims to mentor  interns would not have been aware to review, or sought out to attend because of his so-called “stature”.  Regardless of his personal presence or not, I failed to find any publicized railings by MoKelly against these sponsors for praying for Whitney and not praying for every troubled starlet,  celebrity, or famous athlete while that call  focused on Whitney and others battling drug addiction.  If I am wrong, I invite him to produce record of the same. You see, solipsistic folks tend to have blurred judgment and weighted scales depending upon what matters to them.  No one blasted the African American community for not praying for the Osbournes, Paris Hilton, Little Richard or Colin Ferrell when we prayed for our neighbors who are from our block, so how dare we suggest that you can’t pray for someone you have a burden for from your neck of the woods.     

      

The fact remains that Britney Spears is a troubled young woman who has been devasted by things in her childhood, too much success too fast, a broken marriage, losing custody of her children, and only she and God knows what else.  Her heart and her emotions do not register according to her net worth or celebrity. She is still a young woman who has followed a longstanding Hollywood lifestyle of partying, sex, and drugs.  She and her two beautiful young sons are paying for it.  We can talk about it, judge her, or do what Christians are put here in the earth to do—witness to her and pray.  Each one can reach one.  While you may not have covered the list of people MoKelly threw at you, what is important is that you follow God. If MoKelly had God’s agenda in mind, and would stop thinking that real Christians sit around in board rooms contemplating how to make a name for themselves through other people, he would have thrown a host of “distastefuls” like all the serial killers in jail, the missing Bin Laden and KKK kingpins somewhere on his prayer request list to be  politically and ethnically inclusive, according to his justice and equity pen.  All souls belong to God, not just the ones on the prayer list MoKelly prescribes. He is free to give up some of his bloggossipping time in the guise of journalism and pray for OJ, Vick and the Olsen twins himself for that matter. We all need prayer.

We are in an age where the loudest voices are from people who are more enthralled with their accomplishments which can usually be captured in less than 200 characters including  spaces and punctuation marks, and spend too much of their day attempting to vilify folks whose accomplishments, missions and community presence cannot be captured in a book. God knows what their voices sound like in the heavens, and so do people with discernment in the earth.  My opinion: ignore them and pray that their hearts be changed. Nehemiah did not come down from off of the wall to assuage the cries of a critic with a loud bark and no teeth.  If God is using you to train church people to be different and not buy the gossip rags or subscribe to the blogarbage and act powerless, so be it. Hooray! 

Whether Britney ever sees a letter or knows of your efforts personally does not stop the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous from going forth on her behalf and availing much.  When someone is in the headlines at least 5 days a week, it is fitting for a senior minister to guide the people on how to filter and process what they see and hear, and what God would require true children of God to do. Our job is challenging enough, so I encourage you to continue to minister to the needs of the people God has put in your charge and to speak life and hope to those who will hear and receive it. The truth is that Jesus did not minister to every single sick, poor and desolate person in the earth during his 3 and ½ years of ministry.  He died to pay the price for the sin of the entire world and through this, we have access to a victorious eternal life.  Jesus ministered to, and trained His portion, and equipped His disciples to minister to as many as they were called and sent. When He ascended back to the heavens, He left us with power through the Holy Spirit and a mission to seek and save the lost. Paul went to the Gentiles, and Peter to the Jews (although not exclusively). 

If the African American community can pray for those we feel led to, no other implications should be made when you do the same.  You are not under any obligation to pray for every headline celebrity that is in trouble, or the first or the last ones.  Can you imagine some pious person challenging Jesus to raise every dead person who died before Lazarus and after Lazarus to prove His equitable love for all dead men? “Stop trying to make a name for yourself, Jesus, just healing the woman at the well, who was not the first and won’t be the last troubled soul who needs living water, self-aggrandizer. You know she will go and tell all of her community about you Jesus. Why just focus on her?”  This dangerous mode of thinking wreaks of PRIDE and Phariseeism.  If you are called to pray for Britney, pray for Britney.  Isn’t her momma part of the same community, one among you? Intercession does not respect worldly stratifications or classifications. Sorry folks–the Kingdom of God does not march to the beat of the world or MoKelly’s drum.  Britney and many Hollywood stars need to experience the life that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ through an intimate relationship. God is not just concerned about the orphans in the middle of a desert, He is just as concerned about the rich on a high hill. The lost is lost, and God is NOT partial.

Thank you my brother, and be encouraged. 

For more info click the links below:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627919,00.html

  

http://www.news24.com/News24/Entertainment/Celebrities/0,,2-1225-2108_2210642,00.html                  

 http://www.southlandchristian.org/

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11 Responses to “AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN WEECE, SENIOR MINISTER OF THE SOUTHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH Why the Public Appeal for Britney Spears is Commendable”

  1. Good perspective. I seriously question the authenticity and sincerity of anyone who criticizes another because of who they decide to uplift in prayer. We all need people praying and interceding for us and the idea that one person feels like they can tell another who they should or should not be uplifting in prayer is frankly…. stupid.

  2. Very good article. I read the link to MoKelly that you referenced. I found his reasoning to be flawed not just from a basic perspective but from a biblical one. We have the right to pray for whomever we choose. Even Jesus on occassion stopped to pray for someone and he is Lord. God even chose who He wanted to be a part of his family. – so who is to say it is wrong for one church to take time to pray for someone other than another. We are humans constrained with time, matter and space. If we were to pray for the entire human race – it would be a 24/hour 7 day a week service. We need to stop the insanity of blaming others or finding fault in trival matters. So, if someone feels like one celebrity needs prayer – let it be.. It is so foolish to harp on something like this. Folks that generally spend the majority of their time finding fault certainly lead others to question their motives and true basis for their disposition.

  3. hi write back love josh

  4. Uh…I never questioned whether someone had the “right” to pray for whomever you choose. Let’s be factual and actual. And prayer has never been the issue. The issue was clearly about the call to write letters for Britney.

    That is something clearly different.

    From a biblical standpoint…I don’t see how I’m flawed because the “special” treatment towards Britney reeks of idolatry. To think that you’d know of her or go out of your way in this manner FOR her if she wasn’t a pop starlet is simply not reasonable.

    If Southland made it a habit to create letter writing campaigns for starlets or even people in their own city, then they would be treating Britney like anyone else.

    But they don’t…and so the disparate treatment also reeks of hypocrisy.

    I wasn’t spending any time finding “fault” I was hit in the face with blatant hypocrisy.

    And still waiting on that letter writing campaign for OJ Simpson…

  5. MoKelly, thanks for stopping by.

    I do not agree with you, and know my belief is supported by the Scriptures. So, no offense, I would love for you to comprehend where your thinking falls short, but if you don’t so be it. I did not take issue w/prayer per se, but used prayer and the inequity of treating Whitney exactly the same as others as an analagous example. I did address your original issue, which was the letter writing campaign. God and the Kingdom is not obligated to treat “Britney like anyone else”. I submit to you, that idolatry is in cloaking God’s creation with celebrity status to the point where you and others can’t see that her celebrity is meaningless and her heart and soul is what matters. The church’s effort is not celebrity driven. Jesus’ visits and miracles to the ones out of the masses with like need wasn’t celebrity, or idolatry either. It is chosen and it is for the appointed time. See, MoKelly, God is sovereign, and He does things like have a whole church fellowship pray for one person and stand in the gap through letter writing or WHATEVER FORM OF ENCOURAGEMENT they choose, for one life. The very ones who you accuse of being driven by celebrity are the ones who look past that and don’t let celebrity hinder doing what Jesus and His disciples still do: stop every once and a while and write letters, counsel, pray, and reach out for one life. For this, the church would fare better for others to understand, but does not need anyone’s approval.

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