Last week, the world of Christian songs was crowned a new king — or, more accurately, queen. And the coronation was certainly one for the books.
We’re living in an era of sexual revolution. And unlike in the 60s, our radical change is a migration from the idea altogether. These days, the sexiest thing is “gender” — including the concept as it’s played onstage.
Relatedly, introducing drag queen Flamy Grant. From Her Highness’s official website:
[F]lamy Grant is a gospel & roots musician from the Bible Belt who will move you, soothe you, help you heal some trauma and always leave you laughing.
Flamy’s 2022 debut record Bible Belt Baby is the world’s first full-length contemporary Christian album by a drag performer — and a 2023 San Diego Music Award nominee for Best Pop Album.
[F]lamy will convince you that:
- Nothing is sacred (but everything is holy).
- Shame belongs in the closet.
- You are a brilliant, resilient badass ready to take on the world.
On July 23rd, Flamy appeared with Derek Webb — “exvangelical” and former lead singer of 90s award-winning Christian rock band Caedmon’s Call — at his Nashville release party/concert for solo album The Jesus Hypothesis. The project includes tune titles such as “Some Gods Deserve Atheists” and “God in Drag.”
[T]he greatest revenge is a life well-lived
So the loudest ‘f*** you’ and greatest gift that you could ever give
They are one and the same
I heard Jesus loved and spent his life with those who
Were abandoned by proud and fearful men
So if a church won’t celebrate and love you
They’re believing lies that can’t save you or them
On Wednesday, Tiffany Arbuckle — AKA Christian act Plumb — posted a photo in praise of Derek’s show. In the frame: Tiffany, Derek, Flamy, and former Christian Contemporary Music singer (now out-and-proud lesbian) Jennifer Knapp.
If you’re wondering (about) the end goal of the deconstruction movement in the church…look no further than…@derekwebb’s new collab with a drag queen. These are truly the last days.
If you’re wondering the end goal of the deconstruction movement in the church, then look no further than former worship leader @derekwebb‘s new collab with a drag queen.
These are truly the last days. https://t.co/sgvzGFoRgu
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) July 26, 2023
That prompted an opposed-mob reaction which — propelled by Flamy Grant’s online direction — sent the drag queen’s Bible Belt song “Good Day” to soaring heights.
From MSN Monday:
Last week, the drag performer/contemporary Christian musician Flamy Grant took the No. 1 position on iTunes’ Christian music charts in the Top Songs and Top Albums categories.
[Sean Feucht’s] message was met with a backlash on social media by people who indicated they would offer their full support to Grant. By the end of the week, Grant’s debut album, Bible Belt Baby, which was originally released in October 2022, was iTunes’ top Christian album.
“I love that what started as a degrading tweet from a conservative worship leader has turned into a way for queer people to see themselves represented in Christian music,” Grant told Newsweek.
The meteoric rise to #1 may be a fluke, but American faith is trending toward a more solidly open-armed situation. Faith and modern sexual sensibilities are joining hands:
As for Flamy’s song “Good Day,” it is — as the entertainer’s site says — “shame-slaying.” A lyrical excerpt:
[Y]ou’re not the keeper of the pearly gate
[I]’m coming back to fight for my place
God made me good in every way
It’s a very different Christian message than the old one. Contemporarily, you’re good in every way — as church aims praise toward the created which was once reserved for the Creator. That’s a worship experience our culture can more easily embrace.
The ovation will likely be long — society’s journey into self-applause seems far from done. So we continue, boys being girls and “good days” slaying shame.
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