You can't deny the influence of Hip Hop and pop culture. Now that the 2 cultures are becoming 1, the influence is even more undenible. I'm a christian artist yet I study the other side intently. Most big name "gospel" artist bash secular artists because..."SECULAR ARTISTS DO A VERY GOOD JOB AT WHAT THEY DO!" You may not openly admit it, but let that song come on...nuff said. I was listening to the edited version of N.E.R.D.'s album "Seeing Sound"...amazing production, great songwriting, or gimmicks. They made their own lane. The same can be said about Kanye, Lady GaGa, Linkin Park...whether the church wants to believe it or not. What most christian artists do is observe what the world does and then create a "Saved" version of it. Cute. We made the Creator look like He ran out of ideas. I don't blame the many christian artist for crossing over to secular. "Throw Your Stones Now." The secular industry is very stern. Their mindset is "Is this gonna bring in the millions or make us lose some." Therefore whoever they recuit has to be "impacting" the masses. AND WHADAYAH KNOW!!! MOST SECULAR ARTISTS GOT MILLIONS OF BOTH CHIRSTIAN AND NON-CHRISTIAN FANS! Now we christian artists say our mindset is "To Wins Souls And Bring God's Name Glory"...are we though. I have yet to see a Lil' Wayne fan become a bigger fan of a christian artist. What are we doing?....oh I know, We are having Gospelfests and Sundays Best, christian American Idols. Please. Enough is enough. Instead of "Taking By Force", we are "Taking Up Space." I pray daily that God would grant his people creative strageties to win souls. This Is A War...and yes...We Are Currently Losing. Not because our God doesn't know what's going on, but because We depend on tradition more than God now. our way of thinking is now "What worked for Tye can work for me" or "What worked for Kirk.." No Originality, just recycled concepts. MY GOD IS THE CREATOR. LOOK AT THE OCEAN, THE SKY, THE STARS, ETC. WHO CAN MATCH THAT KIND OF CREATIVITY. BEFORE GENRES, GOD WAS. NOTHING WAS BEFORE HIM, AND ALL THAT IS WAS MADE BY HIM. STOP GIVING THE DEVIL CREDIT FOR SOMETHING HE DIDN'T CREATE. HE COUNTERFEITS AND PREVERTS. THAT'S ALL. GOD'S CREATIVITY IS INFINITE. ALL THE FALSE GODS KNEW THAT...WHY CAN'T MOST CHRISTIAN ARTIST. The influence of the Holy Spirit is undenible, but the influence literally transforms you completely. Imagine in Impact We artists can have on our generation with the 3 influences combined. I Believe Jesus showed us what a successful ministry is. If ministry Impacted both Jew and Gentile yet he didn't water anything down. I...Just Want To See The Body Of Christ Victorious. Go into all the world, preach the gospel to "every" creature.
By Ashley Ashtronomix Cheatham