Many people will come to the defense of the song based on the merits of artist creativity. Is God doing a new thing as the song declares? Bringing together fans of multiple genres is hardly original, but here we have two artists that would normally have differing messages. Of course, there will be those that will come to the defense and others will not. Here are some of things they would likely say.
- Christians are so judgmental
- Nicki Minaj makes the song better
- She has the right to praise God
- The song reaches more people for God
- It sends a confusing message
- Nicki Minaj is not praising God
- The artists are leading believers astray
- People are not brought closer to God
Who are WE to judge?
When a song is released people determine its fate by choosing to support it through sales and video views. Determining if we like a song seems automatic. Billboard.com has the song debuting as #1 on the gospel charts, so I believe this partnership is worth talking about. Let the judging begin.
Music Is Important
Think about it for a second. Long before we arrived and after we are gone, music has and will exist. Those sounds of voices and instruments of long ago have conceivably progressed and outlasted the test of time for a reason.
Music is powerful. It can be used as a tool of manipulation to make someone happy, sad, or cause them to do things they would usually be against. Yes, even during a worship service. A few years ago, a guest preacher came to the end of a service and as the worship team began to carry out their duties, he suddenly stopped them. He wanted true repentance at the altar call, not one brought on by emotionalism from the music. Businesses take advantage of the power of music regularly. Leaders know how its use can expand their reach. Take note of this the next time you watch a commercial.
Music is important to God. The bible says that God sings over us (Zephaniah 3:17). The psalmist reveals the purpose of a song. After reading the verses below, we can know if the song meets these biblical criteria.
Sing a new Song
1Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
6Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Implications of Collaborations
We join ourselves with others professionally and personally, but oftentimes without realizing it. Whether in the music industry or not, the implications of collaborations are life-altering for sure. They impact us and our followers. The primary focus of a gospel song and our relationships should be God honoring. Anything else is an absolute waste of time and requires repentance. “WHY, YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? YOU ARE A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND THEN VANISHES” (JAMES 4:14).
A prayer for YOU and ME
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
13 O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.