Critically-acclaimed Christian artist Natalie Grant, who was nominated for two gospel Grammy Awards this year, became the unintentional center of a media storm when she left the awards show early on Sunday night, Tweeting that she had some thoughts in her head about the show which were better left unsaid.
As reported in Natalie Grant leaves Grammys early--Tweets cause media frenzy, the mainstream (liberal) media jumped on her Tweets and ended up accusing Grant of everything from being a poor sport to intolerance to hating gays.
In response to critics who accused her of leaving because of one performance or another, the Nashville resident posted on her Facebook page:
"I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early.
I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post."
Grant went on to clarify what she meant to convey when she Tweet to her followers on Grammy night.
"What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I've had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus.
I've judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won't use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12)
I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I'm so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I'm so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity."
She concluded by quoting Romans 1:16:
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe."
Grant's most recent project is 2013's Hurricane. Besides her award-winning music career, Natalie Grant is also actively involved in campaigning against human trafficking.