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Erica Campbell: Stop the Press: Erica Campbell Luh God
EC Stellars 2015 (Frontpage)
STOP THE PRESS-Erica Campbell Luh God
STOP the Press: Erica Campbell Luh God
“I Luh God, you don’t love God? What’s wrong with you?” If you are in the gospel arena, you know that the lyrics of “I Luh God by Erica Campbell continues to rise on Billboards each week . Gospel music of this century has taken a turn for the better and the worse. In regards to gospel music becoming a roller coaster, some people have deafened their ears to Holy-Hip Hop and the new re-make of gospel music. Like-wise some of the people who profess to love God have closed their eyes to the troubles of the world. The hot question is, “Should gospel artist co-sing or create secular music?
In Mark 2:13-17, we find Jesus beside a lake. As Jesus stood beside the lake, a large crowd of people began gathering to hear Jesus teach. While teaching the people, Jesus began walking and saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. Levi was a tax collector who gave unjust tax penalties. Jesus looked over at Levi and asked that he follow him. Levi did not ask any questions when he was summoned to follow Jesus. Like the disciples whom Jesus called, Levi just followed Jesus and it may have been the best decision he made. While studying the book of Mark, we surprisingly find Jesus having dinner with Levi, sitting with tax collectors and sinners. Many of the teachers of the law saw how comfortable Jesus was with the sinners and began to question the disciplines on why Jesus would be found eating with tax collectors and sinners?” The bible says, “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
History of Secular/Secular Music
I researched the term secular and the definition means, “Of or relating to worldy things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred.(Webster’s Dictionary) As I really begun to focus on the root of the problem in the gospel world between gospel music and secular music, I decided to research the term secular music. When researching secular music (Webster’s Dictionary), I find that the definition means,”Being separate from (not associated or concerned with) religion. Secular music developed in the medieval period and was used in the Renaissance, which signified a change or rebirth from the 14th century through the middle of the 17th centuries.
Reference in the Bible with Secular Music
Scribes were responsible for accurately displaying the actions Jesus took as he traveled from place to place in the bible. The bible does not reference secular music, nor is there a reference that if one sings or listens to secular music one will surely die. God does reference many things concerning the world that could be categorized as secular living. In Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Matthew 5:16 reads, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Psalm 1:1 reads, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in the step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.”
In these days and times, we have to experience secular words, people and music. When analyzing the music in the gospel world, the challenge is not the music, but the life-style after the music. We have some people who make music and live the music made, while others make music and live completely opposite of the music made. Our generations of children are in an indecisive world, where one never knows when a number will be pulled. The only consistent thing about 90 percent of the generation of kids now have, is the language of music. Right now, the honest truth is music speaks to our youth, before we have an opportunity to speak. Do I believe in rap music that degrade or de-humanize people? The answer to the question would be no, but I do know music is the new teaching of our kids in today’s society.
Unpopular, but Necessary
Throughout the bible, readers can experience many levels of unpopular decisions.The woman with the issue of blood suffered for 12 long years, but managed to crawl to Jesus and that was her only means of touching his garment (Luke 8:43-48). In Luke (5:17-26), we find some men carrying a man to be healed, but could not get through the crowds and raised a roof to lower him right in front of Jesus. Luke 15:4 provided a parable that, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
Erica Campbell did a remix with R&B singer K. Michelle. I have no idea who K. Michelle is, but I know Erica Campbell-- the gospel artist. When we begin to add a familiar idea or person to something unfamiliar, we begin to experience new thinking and teaching. A secular music listener may say, “I know K. Michelle, but I have no idea who Erica Campbell is or what she sings.” People begin to research to find out who this familiar person or idea that I know is associated with? After careful research, one has an idea of who K. Michelle is and Erica Campbell. Jesus was the burning bush who was speaking to Moses, but Moses had no idea it was Jesus. Moses was familiar with the Jesus who walked on water, healed the sick and raised the dead, but the Jesus in a burning bush? Saul, while walking on the road was using secular thinking with words and Jesus had to ask him the question, but Saul had no idea who Jesus was because he came in the form of a light from heaven. In conclusion, it is not sinful to create music with a message of life. Music comes in the form of Holy Hip-hop, gospel, R&B, the blues etc, and I have learned from gospel music and the other forms of music alike. My concern with worldly music is the profanity and defamation of people, but there is nothing wrong with listening to music to learn as long as one continues to stand on the word of God. I believe that the music I hear sometimes on the radio that is not representing the kingdom may need “A Little More Jesus” (Erica Campbell CD).
I Luh God
A Little More Jesus
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