Overly Secular or Reaching the Masses?
Are Christian artist craving secular popularity or reaching the masses? According to artist Erica Campbell she's using the reach em' to teach em' approach. This is a two-sided discussion regarding contemporary Christianity if ever there was one. For some, the church and Christian philosophy are nothing more than antiquated rhetoric. We live in a generation who claims Christianity yet experience no relationship with God, questions the divinity of the Bible and further doubts the authority of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt that ministry needs to find an out the box, by all means necessary approach to witness Jesus Christ to the contemporary generation. The question becomes this- is the true goal of some televangelist and gospel musicians edification or assimilation? Jesus sat among sinners but he never engaged in sin. Scripture tells us we are in the world but not of it. The sin here is not an issue of trap music, it's an issue of the heart. If Erica Campbell's motives for engaging in this genre was not pure, if it was driven in any way out of a desire for popularity and acceptance or monetary gain, then that is sinful.
As a servant of the Most High and lover of biblical truth, I too believe in a reach em' to teach em' approach but only as exemplified by Christ and not one of personal agenda. Perhaps the reality show Mary Mary has tainted my faith in Erica Campbell's integrity but in all fairness, it was there that she exposed to the world her desires in longing for a solo career, her husband's outlandish boost of "breaking" the sisters gospel group Mary Mary up, her elation at winning awards and self glorification and of course the WE TV headlining for the Season Four opener with the quote "All Hell breaks loose in the new season of Mary Mary."
It would be spiritually immature to overlook the appeal of sensationalism on any career in entertainment and irresponsible to refuse to check our motives whenever considering our actions in ministry. I will be working hard to get an interview with Ms. Campbell (we're still a little grass roots for celebministries responses but I'll try) because I'd like to discuss Colossians 3 and how it fits in her model of contemporary evangelism through assimilation music. Regardless of getting an interview or not, this ministry will be in heartfelt prayer for our fellow servant of the Lord because when one falls there is love fellowship so that we can edify each other and lift eachother up. Don't let the Devil fool you; Christians can communicate, disagree, exchange ideas, learn from and admonish each other in love with respect and here at LTOCZ.com we will do nothing less!
Regardless of their motives this song has done exactly what was intended; it has placed Erica Campbell on the radar of secular executives and more especially secular fans. Although some fear and caution her musical exploration, others admire and appreciate it. In the words of Ms. Campbell, “Everyone doesn’t speak properly. Everyone doesn't live in a well-maintained manicured neighborhood. People live in rough neighborhoods and they speak how they speak. No matter where you are, you have to acknowledge that you’re blessed. Everybody don't like it. Some people are upset about it, but they’ll be all right. God don't live in a box. Why should I?”
I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what impact she will have on those she is trying to reach now that she has their attention. And now that I've got yours, join in our conversation. Watch the video, sound off below and look for our upcoming featured article Two Masters: Avoiding the allure of Satan when serving the Lord.