When the Bible says it is not everything that a Christian is ?permitted? to do, I thought it applied to the fact that Christians should not bleach their skin. Gospel musicians who are supposedly Christians are expected to live lives worthy of emulation but day in day out, their behavior and lifestyle keep raising doubts in the minds of many. It is nauseating, to say the least.
Of late I have realized some of our top gospel artistes are bleaching. I trust they will say it is the pomade they use that is changing their skin colour but the thing is, if you see that a particular pomade is bleaching you, you stop using it.
Now it is as though there is some competition in the gospel music arena as to who can bleach off their melanin the most. A majority of the female gospel artistes are seriously bleaching and their male counterparts are also doing same. If you have seen a couple of them you have known lately you would realize that they have changed. At my boss Samuel Baah?s wedding I couldn?t easily recognize certain gospel artistes. They had gone white! Are these gospel musicians? Shouldn?t they be the ones to be preaching to people to stop bleaching?
Even though the Bible may not have stated categorically that bleaching is sin, we know from basic science that it damages the skin so is also the responsibility of a gospel musician to save the skin bleacher from damage. It is just like advising people to quit smoking because of the possibility of one having health complications and/or behaving abnormally when they smoke.
One thing is that most of those who are fair in complexion take the opportunity to bleach in the name of toning. Is it not ruinously ludicrous to change the skin colour that God gave you?
What are we doing to ourselves as Christians? Like my colleague Anthony Osarfo once said, our gospel musicians are becoming overly worldly and it is very worrying because it becomes a challenge to Christianity, the religion they all profess to adhere to.
For Christ sake a lot of people look up to you as models, so lifestyles like these are disgracing, to say the least. Let us see the difference between light and darkness for once!
Written by Kwame Dadzie