Over the last few weeks, many Christians, including myself, have been extremely hyped up about a group that is ON POINT! That group is Committed – an A cappella singing group that came out of Oakwood University. This group not only participated in “The Sing Off“, but rose all the way to the top, winning a $100,000 Grand prize, and a Sony recording Contract.
Can you believe it? I can. From the first time I heard them, I said to myself that they would win. Their harmonies were tight, and they vocally orchestrated their songs in a way that brought a new flavor to some of the hits that so many people hold dear to their hearts. I, and so many other Adventists out there, am very proud of their accomplishments.
However, this pride also comes with a significant amount of fear. Why? I’m glad you asked . . .
It’s quite simple. The music industry (especially in America) has, in many ways, grown to be a very corrupt industry that revolves around money, power, and everything else that elevates self. When you look at all of those “superstars” out there like P. Diddy, Snoop, Eminem, Jay Z, Beyonce, and so many others, it seems like being a successful musician (in the world) leaves little, if any, room for worshipping any God besides yourself.
Take the following album for example where Jay Z is referred to “Jayhovah, the God M.C.”.
My level of concern was increased when I watched the episode when Committed did the Usher Remix. As usual, it was a stellar performance, including the song “Make Love in this Club”. Here’s the thing. I know that at this point, Committed no longer decided what songs they would be singing. The songs were chosen by the judges. I do understand that.
However, I think this is a preview of what COULD happen to Committed IF they don’t stay Committed.
After listening to that song here were some of the Comments that were made by the judges:
[box]Ben – “You guys take your music dead seriously, but you don’t take yourselves dead seriously and it’s so wonderful to see and it makes everyone relax . . . You’ve taken this journey from, I don’t know, Birth-Control music to that. . . ”
Shawn – “…and I seen some movements that uhh . . . I see y’all church boys. I see you”.
Nicole – “They are called committed for a reason. That was the Holy Spirit moving through them”
You can see exactly what I’m talking about in the following Video:
The “Holy Spirit” moving through them, causing them to sing and dance to “I wanna make love in the club”? Does anyone else see a problem with this? This is a blatant mockery of who God is and what I believe Committed is trying to accomplish.
Here’s the thing . . . I’m not judging what they are doing, and I’m excited for the opportunity that they have. Nor am I saying that this is definitely where Committed is heading. I pray that it isn’t. However when it gets to this level, it seems like you move where and HOW the money says you need to move.
With $100,000 in cash and a Sony recording Contract, it becomes increasingly harder to say “No, I can’t do that, because it compromises my Christian values”.
So committed . . . my message to you is simple . . . PLEASE BE CAREFUL! We see your success and are excited about the possibilities. However, the devil also sees your success, and I think he might be excited too. With the level of influence that you have, the devil will want to use your success for his own God. Be determined to use it to lift up Christ, not the devil.
You started as a group that was committed to show your creativity and LOVE FOR GOD. Try to keep it that way. I will be praying for you. Music is such a powerful thing and the devil knows that more than anyone else. He will be after you like nobody’s business.
What do YOU think?
So what do you think about the big win? Excited? Concerned? Afraid? Share your thoughts with me below. I’d LOVE to hear them