Can I just tell you that this look is everything?! It's so 80's hip-hop meets 2015 glam!
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So over the past few months, I’ve read articles, tweets and IG posts where some chuch folk have gotten their angel wings a-flappin over Erica Campbell’s new single, “I Luh God.” Complaints ranged from the fact that she said “luh” rather than “love” to how she’s supposedly glorifying trap music. I'm older than the trap music generation, and have no desire to play it, but um...Should we just skip over the part that’s important – that (among other things) the song professes love for Jesus? And who made those music and vocabulary rules? To be honest, I’d probably listen to a praise song over a Biggie beat.
“One more chance (Heavenly I’m)
Jesus give me one more chance.
I got forgiveness, girl, you didn’t know?”
But that’s just me.
This got me to thinking about a Mary Mary interview I saw one Sunday, a few years back. I was under a blanket at the 9:00 Sofa Tabernacle Service. Just about every Sunday during this particular season of my life, it'd be Joel Osteen, then Creflo Dollar, my remote control and me. On this day, I was flipping through the channels ‘after service’ and stumbled on a Mary Mary interview on a major network.
Prior to that day, I was familiar with them from a few songs I’d heard on the radio. I was raised in a Catholic Church with hymns and choir music. Nothing against it, but the few songs I really liked weren't exactly going to be in my Walkman. Yes, Walkman. * Beyonce voice* "I'm dating myself, I'm dating myself...") But their sound was different.
The sisters said their father had a prison ministry where they learned from him (in essence) that you talk to people in the way that they are accustomed to. You can't be “above” people when you're trying to help them or introduce them to Jesus. Somewhere else in the interview, Tina added that you pray to God in the way you normally speak.
They gave me a new level of understanding about serving God and people and having relationship with Him. They also taught me to serve God with my talents the way He created me to. I was supposed to be watching TV church that day because I was supposed to get that message.
That interview made me a fan. And this is why some years later “I Luh God” is so dope to me. It’s true to Mary Mary/Erica Campbell’s method of spreading the gospel. It’s for the people. By the people.
How we communicate changes over time.
William Shakespeare? Meet Alice Walker. Write a letter? Nope. Send e-mail. Your Momma’s KJV bible? Ain’t your NIV.
Basically, “I Luh God” is not your Momma's Gospel music. (Unless she's cool.) And it's not supposed to be. Neither is my writing. Or your photography. Or your business. Or your teaching style. Etceteraaaa.
The basics are in place. Some rules do apply. But the communication. Is. Different. What does that mean? Chuch folk already been saved. New souls need saving. Can't do it with old ways!
Oh. And one last thing...
A lot of destructive, self-defeating, God-forsaking influence comes wrapped in beautiful words and lush musical tracks. But given a chance, the Word – the uplifting, self-loving, God-magnifying influence - could just as easily penetrate the subconscious of someone looking for direction - just because Erica Campbell opted to say “I Luh God” over “trap music” rather than what “everybody else” was doing.
It has Holy Spirit all over it. I am here for it.
We all have gifts that God gives us, to use for His glory. And anytime, anyone one of us does that in our own way, we too, are saying, we luh God. Yup. We do. Love ‘im, we love ‘im. Love ‘im, we love ‘im, we love 'im.