So yesterday I decided to write a post on my thoughts about Committed winning the Sing-Off. Based on the strong response that post received by so many readers, I decided that it was necessary for me to write a follow-up post. So here’s my follow-up response – WOW! That was part 1 of my response.
For part 2, I would like to start with something that the Late E.E. Cleveland used to say:
[box]“I’ve seen God do so much, with so little, that I’m convinced that He can do anything, with nothing. Meaning Me!”[/box]
While reading through the almost 50 comments (and counting), there seems to be three categories of responses:
- Category 1: Those who are VERY excited for Committed and can’t wait to see what will come next.
- Category 2: Those who are excited for Committed, but also concerned about the potential for it to go in the wrong direction.
- Category 3: Those who condemn Committed for what they’ve done and think they should Run away from Sony like a mouse running from a Lion!
When I wrote the post, my intention was definitely NOT to condemn or judge Committed.
I consider myself to be in the second Category described above. I’m excited for them, but also concerned. You know – it’s EASY to look at people who are in the limelight and judge their actions.
The big difference between “famous Christians” (if you know what I mean) and the rest of US (including myself) is this – EVERYONE sees what the famous folk do! Fortunately for us, the rest of the world doesn’t see the way we treat our families, the drink we take when no one is looking, what we do in our bedrooms when no one else is around, and many of the thoughts we have never come to light. In many ways, I feel sorry for famous people.
So Why did I write it then?
That is a valid question. I mean really. Why not write about the so many other situations that are happening in the world today? I’m going to answer that question this way.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of playing the piano at the Cedar Lake SDA Church. That day, I woke up early (as I usually do), spent time with God (as I usually do) and asked Him to use me that day. I told Him to take my fingers and use them to play the chord progressions that would glorify Him and cause people to be drawn to him.
My experience that day, while playing the piano was one that I can only attribute to God. I felt Him moving in me, showing me what to play and when. At the end of the service, I was lead to play a song that to me, speaks to what it should be about in these last days. Here’s the chorus:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You
It’s all about You, Jesus
Music is a Powerful, Potent force – One that I STRONGLY believe will play a HUGE part in ushering in the second coming of Jesus. It can help to sooth an aching heart, tame a wild person, and lift someone out of depression. That’s the GIFT of music that God has Given to us all.
So why did I write it? – I think that they are in a prime position right now, regardless of any mistakes that might have been made, and I want to see them use what God has given them to Glorify HIM. With their talent, they can make music that lifts people all the way up to the throne of grace.
There was one comment that I would like to highlight. It was left by a good friend of mine – Matthew Harris. He’s a fellow musician with big dreams, and he takes action towards meeting his goals. Here’s some of what he had to say.
[box]“I can tell from first hand experience in the entertainment industry that the second I got into the industry all these church people started talking about how i was going to lose my way….it was the must unsupportive atmosphere ever….it actually made it more difficult for me to show up to church, because i felt like i was being judged…even though i was living my life according to God’s call…my prayer really is more for Christians (read-SDAs) out there to be more supportive of these young men, because if we reject them the world will definitely take them in with open arms!”[/box]
When I read that comment, it REALLY resonated with me. Maybe because I’ve been in situations where my I’ve played piano in church and have been criticized for “the way I played”, which wasn’t “holy enough” for some of the Christian Critics out there. OBVIOUSLY, the world would be more than happy to take them in. They Rock. But their potential is so much greater.
Lets try to make the church more welcoming than the world,
So, with all of that said, here’s my request, and it goes beyond Committed:
As I’ve said, music is powerful. We need to pray for our musicians, from Committed to the church pianist, the Singer to the Songwriter. Lets pray that we all use the gifts God has Given us to lift HIM up and that God fills us all with so much of the Holy Spirit that when we sing, play, and worship, the devil will have to flee.
As for Committed, there are A LOT of eyes on them right now, as is evident from the response to my first post. Lets keep them in prayer, that God’s will be done in their lives. Let me know if you will join me in that below in the comments.
I’ll end this post with my prayer for Committed:
[box]God, Wow, You have surely blessed committed with a gift that can only come from You. Keep them in your ways. Give them the strength to overcome the temptations that will come their way. Give them the determination they need to do what You’ve called them to do, and use them to accomplish YOUR will, and YOUR will alone. Amen![/box]