I read this article by Adebayo Okeowo,the Publisher of In His Steps Magazine. I was touched and moved by his reactions to the popular Christian Gospel artist – Mali Music who switched from singing Gospel music to secular music. it came like a shock when I heard of his actions But after reading Bayo’s reaction, I got the understanding of what led him to make such decision. Read Bayo’s reaction below.
You know what? I have no problems with secular artists. As a matter of fact, there are secular artists
whose talents you cannot deny. I respect their talent. I am only wary about their message/content.
However, my problem is with undecided artists! Artists who
cross-carpet. Its OK for you to sometimes not be sure how the future will unveil because we don’t see the whole picture now, do we? Only God does and He has asked us to entrust
our every step into His able hands. But if you at a point in your life, you stated that you were called into the gospel
music ministry by God, I get bothered when you choose to go
on a ‘transfer’. I watched a recent exclusive interview with Mali Music on
http://www.youknowigotsoul.com and I was disappointed to say the least. All I could say was: ‘How dare you Mali Music?’ I was disappointed not because he was leaving mainstream gospel(he isn’t the first artist to do so). But I was disappointed
because of the reasons he adduced and the statements he made while granting that interview. I am really tired of gospel artists saying that singing gospel music limits them! What?!!!
If that is the trend, is it meant to be the norm? Oh but I hear such statements too! I publish a youth Christian mag and I have heard people tell me to include certain things in our content in order to appeal to a wider circle. Definitely we want to reach out to the unsaved but we don’t do that by losing our message or identity.
It’s usually a slow fade! You take one step to slightly adjust and before long, you have veered off by a mile from the
original vision. If you were called by God, then it’s His applause you should really seek! Stop looking for awards
(awesome as they may be)! Be honest with yourself, most times, it’s because we want to hear the accolades of men
that we keep attempting to outdo ourselves. No matter how thunderous the ovation of men is, if God doesn’t give you a nod, it will all be futile. Wouldn’t you rather want to get a
standing ovation from Jesus Himself as against fickle mortals? Christ, whom the Bible records as being seated at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20), was up standing when Stephen was being martyred (Acts 7:55-56)! Now that’s some off-the-chain endorsement!
You know why the things that have the tag ‘gospel’ have hitherto been on the back side? Because we defer to the
secular; we look up to them! We want to be in their camp.
Whereas it ought to be the other way round!
Mali Music says he wants to break through a glass ceiling.
Oh wow! Like seriously, God brought you so far singing gospel music, you hit world acclaim singing songs like ‘All I Have to Give’ (which by the way I still played this morning) and you think that by not being a gospel artist anymore, the glass ceiling comes crashing? Many of us were proud that as a gospel artist you were invited to platforms like BET believing that they had come to respect your talent even as a gospel artist. But now you say wearing a cross around your neck won’t allow you be among music legends like Michael Jackson?
That statement just was the last straw that got me very sad!
Maybe Mali Music needs to redefine his measurement of music greats! Greatness is not only about how many people can recognize you or your brand. Greatness comes when you
fulfil God’s calling over your life and there are evidences of changed lives as a result (no matter how few). I believe Mali Music has impacted lives. His music has definitely impacted me. Unfortunately he seems to underestimate that amazing influence he has had on both the saved and the lost. Surely, all of us are not called to own the pulpit or do gospel music. Some of us are gifted for sectors in the secular. But when we stand there, do men still know we represent Christ? Do we stand there and hide our identity?
The secular is all up in our faces. They are holding nothing
back as they infiltrate every space! But
we? We are dropping our crosses!
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