Mandisa will be singing a song called "Wanna Praise You." Mandisa tells us the song also goes by "Shackles," and was originally performed by the gospel duo Mary, Mary. It's a song Mandisa has been singing in churches for years and it's a "testimony that nothing is too hard for God." So far, so good. I get my hackles up about the Jesus thing as much as anyone, but thus far (on the show, at least), Mandisa has been pretty me-centric about her religious beliefs. However, when she steps onstage to begin her performance, she shouts out a little preface: "This song goes out to everybody that wants to be free. Your addiction, lifestyle, and situation may be big, but God is bigger." Not cool. First of all, you're not going to get anywhere shouting at me about my addictions and my lifestyle. And no, I don't think "lifestyle" was code for "fag, faggy, fag, fag." ["I go back and forth on that. Either way, it's idiotic to use a weighted word like that period; witness the reaction. I'm offended by the stupidity, with deferred insult for the other thing." -- Jacob] It's still abrasive and annoying. Don't tell me I need to be saved, is what it comes down to. Isn't the whole point of me being saved that I come to that decision on my own? It's why I always bristle at the whole "I'm taking' y'all to church!" thing when pop singers go gospel for a song or two.
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