Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 12)
Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's... Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.
2 Chronicles 20:15,17 (NKJV)
As they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, 'Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.' And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army...
2 Chronicles 20:20-21 (NKJV)
King Jehoshaphat of Judea is a Bible hero. He stars in chapters 17-20 of Second Chronicles. In one of God's most amazing battle stories, the good king and his people faced insurmountable odds: an imminent threat of invading armies from multiple nations. King Jehoshaphat's response? Fasting and prayer.
God's response? Unusual advice followed by a show-stopping outcome. God told them to sing. Therefore, His singers led the Judean army. At the sound of their song, enemy troops became confused and began fighting each other--to the death. God's people never fought at all, but they collected great wealth from the fallen armies.
Undeniably, singing moves people--even armies. Singing unites people--especially armies. But Jehoshaphat's singers were praising God in song. How does that relate to today's hip-hop, pop-rock culture?
Tough Question #12: Can God's singers praise Him with secular songs?
Blaine Barcus, A & R rep from Sony's Provident Records says, 'Whether you're singing directly about Jesus or not, hopefully you're singing about something positive. And a small light in a dark place can light the whole room.'
John Montes, professional singer and AMTC coach says:
'The benefit of singing mainstream is one thing: Platform! As believers in the mainstream market, we should understand that God is promoting us to such levels to demonstrate His love, power, grace, and mercy. At my photo shoot for my debut album JONTEZ "and so it is..." we were taking our lunch break. There were five of us doing the shoot. After casual conversation I realized there were five different faiths represented at the table. A Christian (me), a Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist, and an Atheist. I was astonished not at the fact that they were all different, but that God was using them to construct a Christian project! I chuckled underneath my breath, but soon realized God will use whom He sees fit. A few years later two of them called me for prayer due to sickness and other issues they were facing. Without waving my "Christ Like" banner, they knew who I was and what I stood for. What are the benefits of being in mainstream media you ask? In order for God to be a lamp or a light unto my path, I should try and be a lamp unto others' paths. The benefits of singing secular for God are endless!'
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.