(Religion News Service via CT)
When Cheryl James abruptly abandoned her red-hot career as "Salt" of the hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa and became a Christian, she also shattered her relationship with partner Sandra "Pepa" Denton. Ten years after drifting away from the band, James, 43, is trying to be true to both faith and friendship by reconciling with Denton in the VH1 reality show The Salt-N-Pepa Show (Mondays at 10 PM EST). "Kids look at (fame) and all they see is the glamour," James said in an interview from New York recently, "but there's a dark side.
Some might be taken aback by James's decision to team up with Denton, an unreformed party girl, but James sees the struggle of finding common ground and rebuilding friendship as compatible with, even necessary to Christian faith. "There are different kinds of people in the word," she said. "Christians often want to hide behind the walls of the church, where we are comfortable, but sometimes we have to come out of the box."
I wouldn't say I'm taken aback but I am sure Ms. James is somewhat aware of the danger of slipping back into choices characteristic of her life before Christ. Her work with VH1 is an issue of conscience and something I pray she's doing with a good deal of input and accountability from brothers and sisters in Christ. It can be done in a wholesome and God-honoring way, but it may be a bit of a struggle with the temptations she's opening herself, not to mention that reality shows often aren't great vehicles for evangelism.
So, Salt, I'm praying that you might be salt 'n' light to Pepa and everyone at VH1, and grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus:
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. (I Peter 3:14-17)