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In Memoriam To Andrae Crouch....

Updated on February 13, 2015

In Memoriam To Andrae Crouch....

A few weeks ago, I saw a blurb on the Internet, which conveyed that the great Gospel singer, Andrae Crouch had died. To tell you the truth, in retrospect, I do not think that little blurb was worthy of Mr. Crouch's contribution to Gospel music, especially the impact he had on Jesus' Praise and Worship ministry. I too was remised for not authoring a blog right there and then in honor of my graduated Christian brother to God's glory, especially since I had done so for secular artists like Lou Reed and Levon Helm; however, today, the leader (Nadine) of my church's children's choir, had the children performed a moving tribute medley that reminded us who Mr. Crouch was and his many anointing songs that contributed to the Body-of-Christ near and far.

I said far because it was on the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts when I first heard the anointing, honey-suckled-voice of Andrae Crouch 'bigging up' the Lord in reverent songs and praises. It is true that I probably would not have heard or have been exposed to Mr. Crouch's music had it not been for my beloved grandma who listened to her Gospel music on what was then, Radio Paradise. And so today in church, those flood of auditory memories came back and sweetly reminded me of the awesome, God-given-gift of Mr. Crouch. It is appropriate at this juncture to say that moments ago, I listened to one of Mr. Crouch's songs, for the first time, with apt lyrics that say, "Take me back to when I first knew the Lord... just like the service at my church today that reminded me of Mr. Crouch.

I am reminded again and must remind you that long before the current crop of Gospel singers, some of whom are wearing more make-up than my beloved wife, and some whose music seldom mention Christ Jesus' name, there was Andrae Crouch, who sang and whose repertoire of song lyrics were like that of King David's Psalms, representing unadulterated love songs to the Lord, without the 'fluff' that is part and parcel of many of the current crop of Gospel singers. I know many of you youngsters who listen to worship music think that Gospel music started with Kirk Franklin, but believe me when I say that there are those Gospel music pioneers like Mr. Crouch who paved the way and made Spiritual music what it is today.

The beauty about Andrae Croach's catalog of songs again is that they are like David's Psalms or the Solomon's Proverbs, which address the believers challenges we face as Pilgrim sojourners in this life. So one can surmise that when Mr. Crouch was beset with personal problems - some of those same problems many of us in the Body-of-Christ are currently facing - the Lord Jesus gave Mr. Crouch the song, "Through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God!" I am also going to surmise again... that knowing that the Lord Jesus has a great sense of humor that Christ must have brought Mr. Crouch's song to his mind when the latter was giving up his ghost (dying), ridding himself of his flawed mortal coil to don the one made of Incorruption, and while in the background, Mr. Couch probably heard his own song that Lord had given him, only that it was being sung by the angelic hosts: "Soon and very soon, I am (we are) going to see the King!"

In listening and looking at Mr. Crouch's many songs of worship on You-Tube, I feel like the proverbial kid in the Gospel music candy store... with my having a difficult time in choosing what to listen to. I am happy to report that Mr. Crouch, in his songs, did not pay Divine homage to any other god, but Christ Jesus. No Dalai Lama, no Mohammad - and noticed that I did not and will not assign to the latter the title, 'Prophet' because, as we read today in my church in 2nd Corinthians 6:15: "And what concord hath Christ with Belial." In case you did not know, Belial is a demon of Satan and I will be Jesus-Joshua-bold to say that anyone who thinks that the Dalai Lama, who just happens to be visiting the United States, or Muhammad has anything to do with the Living God, through His son, the Christ, is terribly mistaken and is giving 'props' to Satan and his demons. I digressed momentarily so that I can end with one of Andrae Crouch's songs that captures the foregoing paragraph: Jesus is the answer for the world today, above Him there is no other, Jesus is the Way...."

In an era where many - shamefully in modern Christian churches - preachers who refuse to preach the Redeeming Blood of Christ Jesus, I end with Mr. Crouch's lyrics that recognized the Primacy of Christ Jesus' Blood... that He shed for all of human-kind's Salvation - even for the Dalai Lama and Mohammad - on Calvary's Cross:

Verse 1:
The blood that Jesus shed for me,
way back on Calvary;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It reaches to the highest mountain,
it flows to the lowest valley;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

Verse 2:
It soothes my doubts and calms my fears,
and it dries all my tears;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.


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    • Verily Prime profile image

      Verily Prime 3 years ago from New York

      You are most welcome....

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      You mentioned some of favorites Andrae Crouch songs--"Jesus is the Anser", "Through It All" Yes, his music ministry was anointed, and thanks for this tribute to him.