A pretty well-known gospel artist who shall remain nameless has a new single out. I was actually looking forward to his return; when he dropped off the scene he was dealing with some personal issues and strongholds. I was CONFIDENT that when he came back, his music would reflect the “newness” in his life. So I heard the new song. Catchy beat. Top-knotch production (and very expensive. This ain’t your grandma’s hymnal). I bopped my head; started doing neckrolls. Next thing you know, I had the urge to “booty-pop”. I mean, I was making choreography that could compete with the latest hip-hop video. It didn’t even matter that I had to keep rewinding the song because I could not understand the words–the WHOLE song was created in Autotune (enter “TPain”). It took a long time to UNDERSTAND the lyrics. Once I deciphered what the words were, I was surprised that the message was about “starting over again” and how God has “fresh” new things for us. So does that mean I have to be confused in mind, body, and spirit with your “fresh” productions? Is this the “freshness” that God put in your life to minister to others? The song is currently in my “workout” playlist…maybe it’ll motivate me in the gym. Sigh.
He’s not the only one. Another (nameless) artist just remixed an older song of his. I loved the original. Clean. Pure. The message is clear–it is a simple plea for God to “rebuild” the singer. So why when I heard the remix, I thought that R. Kelly produced it? I mean, all of a sudden, I am on my way to church, and I’m “feeling some kinda way” because the remix now has a more R&B “turn off the lights” beat, a lot of “breathy” noises in between verses, and a syrupy-voice that did not communicate well with the message of “rebuilding.” I turned off the gospel station, shook my head, and just simply pondered on what was going on with so-called “gospel” music.
I have a very simple message for artists, writers, actors, even bloggers, who profess the faith: Don’t dilute God’s word with man-made productions! God is NOT a respecter of man. He does not care what the latest trend is or how others are doing it. In the midst of creating Himself out of nothing (that is STILL amazing to me), He also created a Message and a Word that transcends time, generations, and centuries. He didn’t have dancers in the background to spread the Word; or come out with a new “collector’s item” edition every ten years. What He was yesterday, He is today, and will be tomorrow. And He imparted in us a great responsibility to be the living examples of His glory here on earth. To do so, we are not to isolate ourselves from this world…but we ARE to separate ourselves from the ways of this world.
Whatever ministry you are in, or if you are a saved person in a secular atmosphere, REMEMBER, you are called to ALWAYS be a witness. If you are doing something in the name of the Kingdom, remember that God’s Kingdom transcends time. If you cannot see your product lasting well after you die…there is a problem. Every thing you do for the Lord is eternal. Seeking temporary acceptance and fame does not advance anyone else’s mission but your own.
- No more using secular backdrops to convey the Word. Because if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone (which includes the old ways of doing business, music, even ministry); the new has come.–2 Corinthians 5:17.
- No more being so ashamed of your testimony, that you have to mask it in over-produced ways to hide the truth. Whether you make your bed in heaven or hell, God is there anyway! Darkness and light are the same to Him, so you cannot hide from God. (see Psalm 139). FORGET WHAT OTHERS WILL SAY! For whom the SON sets free is free indeed!–John 8:36. Remain confident that where you fell short, God will fill in the gap AND bless someone else who may be experiencing the same thing. Do not be so selfish with your testimony; many of the things we go through are not meant for us anyway! Edifying others through our past struggles is exactly what we are called to do as believers.
- Do not risk losing your FLAVOR for temporary gain! Jesus said that we are the “salt of the earth, but if the salt loses it saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, and except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13. You wanna know what is so unique about REAL salt? Composition wise, it ALWAYS remains salty; it is created to NEVER lose its flavor. God compared those who truly stand for Him with the eternal composition of salt–a substance that preserves, livens up what is bland, and also possesses healing power. SO THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU REAL SALT…OR COUNTERFEIT?
There should never be any confusion as to Who we serve and what we stand for. Don’t taint your witness to conform with this world. If we are called to be the salt of the world…then why execute things with no taste?
Spice things up…IN THE NAME OF JESUS tho!