Madonna Concert in Singapore: A Heart Issue

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For the very first time, Madonna will perform in Singapore on 28 Feb 2016. Understandably, this is a big deal for her fans, and the music and arts industry. But not everyone is necessarily as excited.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour has been labelled as “demonic” and “satanic”, the most controversial piece being “Holy Water”, featuring scantily clad dancers dressed as nuns and Madonna herself pole-dancing on a cross. To meet Media Development Authority’s conditions of approval,  this song and segment will not be performed in Singapore, thankfully. However, the exclusion of one song does not change the heart of the matter or what Madonna stands for. And from the title of her album, Rebel Heart, there is no need for any second guessing here.

As in the case of having heard that Adam Lambert would perform at the SG50 New Year’s Countdown Show, Christians have been praying fervently for the authorities to change their minds, or that Madonna will somehow not make it to our sunny shores, that the show will not go on.

Yet, more than just pray and petition the authorities, I hope that church and ministry leaders will do their part to provide clear direction and guidance to their members. To this end, I am encouraged to see a very clear statement from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, Madonna’s Concert: What about it? In this statement, Archbishop William Goh discouraged his members from going to the Madonna concert:

“There is no neutrality in faith; one is either for or against. Being present (at these events) in itself is a counter witness. Obedience to God and His commandments must come before the arts. As the people of God, we should subscribe to authentic Arts that lead us to God through the appreciation of beauty, harmony, goodness, truth and love, respect, unity and the transcendent; and not support the ‘pseudo arts’ that promote sensuality, rebellion, disrespect, pornography, contamination of the mind of the young, abusive freedom, individualism at the expense of the common good, vulgarity, lies and half-truths.” (emphasis mine)

Whilst this has been done for the Catholic community, it is not quite as straightforward for the Christian community, given the numerous denominations and diversities. A quick check of a few church websites revealed no such statement or position. I can only hope and pray that a stand has not only been taken by leaders but also clearly communicated to their members at worship services, right through to cell groups; and especially to the young adults and youths 18+. [Parents, please take note.]

If this has already been done at your church, that’s wonderful! But if not, and if you concur with what is written here, feel free to share this article to guide and direct others.

If it is agreed that this concert is blasphemous, satanic and demonic, then to be present is to participate in a satanic ritual. Why would any Christian want to have any fellowship in that at all? In plain English, “Don’t have anything to do with this. Don’t be there! Don’t go!” Even so, we cannot presume anything as some will still choose to see this as an expression of art, as some rationalise that yoga is merely a form of exercise. At the end of the day, it is a heart issue, is it not?

Together with fellow ministers who beseech and implore, we know too well that all we can do is present the Truth. That’s our responsibility and we must discharge that faithfully. The final decision, however, rests with the individual. And we must accept that there will be Christians who will consider this too old-fashioned, too narrow-minded, too judgemental, too legalistic. There will be some who will go because their friends are going and they don’t want to appear as prudish or conservative. There will be some who have already booked and paid, and are unwilling to forego their investment, preferring to help defray this S$14 million production by sowing into a satanic venture than to count their tickets as loss for the sake of their testimony.

Whatever the reason or justification, actions will reveal the position of the heart. After all, if after hearing and knowing the Truth, one still persists on rejecting it, there is only one word for such a response: rebellion. These will have absolutely no problem with worshipping in the sanctuary of God on Sunday morning and then worshipping (yes, worship) in a different sanctuary on Sunday night. Or more significantly, could there be some who rallied at Jubilee Day of Prayer now revel at the Madonna concert in the same National Stadium? In that case, Madonna has reached the right audience through her album and tour: Rebel Heart.

 

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16 thoughts on “Madonna Concert in Singapore: A Heart Issue

  1. It’s very sad how people can still be misled and blinded even when the truth has been presented. Worst of all, some parents set the example of attending the concert alongside their children.

    Putting aside religion, moral values and principles should still be maintained. It doesn’t take one to be of a certain faith to know what is right or wrong. Singapore churches will have to rise up to protect our precious nation of Singapore where we call home. It’s through much hardship that we are where we are today.

    I conquer with Archbishop William Goh for his boldness when he said, “There is no neutrality in faith, one is either for or against”. This indeed parallels to what the bible saysays, that you are either hot or cold in your faith, no such thing as being lukewarm or sitting on the fence.

    I love my country Singapore and wish that it will not continue to be filtrated with such concerts and performances that it becomes a norm where we need to address such issues every now and then.

    My prayer is that we will not compromise with the growing disillusion that the music scene is presenting of late. Life itself is already a challenge. We really don’t need this to add to the vibrancy of Singapore. I wish that Singapore will be able to maintain the pure Legacy of Lights as portrayed in the recent Chingay Parade.

  2. Be in the world but be not of the world. Circumcision is of the heart not of the flesh. Be light and salt in this world. Beware the yeast of the Pharisees. Examine ourselves whether we are in the faith. Are we Spirit led? What, Where, Why, How is the kingdom of God? These are questions we need to consider in truth.

  3. “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chr 7:14

    Are we so blind and apathetic that we have allowed immorality to invade our culture and erode the righteousness of this nation that our founding father have painstakingly built over the last 50 years?

    It is in times like these that the churches need to take a stand and be united to speak against evil personified by Madonna who is all out to blaspheme God through her songs and acts.

    For the sake of our next generation and the future of Singapore. Let us arise and shine.

  4. I am not against Madonna’s songs or concert. I don’t intend to attend her concert, but I like others to have the freedom to see her sing and dance. It’s a free world.

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