Secularizing Content

"According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death." - Philippians 1:20 (NKJV)

Recently I came across a new song from a Christian band, the song was very encouraging and inspirational; and it came just when I needed that particular message.  Then, a few days later I heard the same song, from the same band, only this time it was edited for radio.  It was edited to appeal to a secular audience. All references to God and His power were removed from the song, and what was left did not make any sense at all.  It was disappointing.  I found it sad that such great talent would be diluted. We should never dampen our message to appease the masses - there is no excuse for it.

Yes, I have heard the arguments.  There are people who say to downplay your faith, it will make you more approachable by those who are lost.  That is a lie.  You will not be approached by the lost, because you have nothing to offer them.  People desired the power and faith that the Apostles showed in the book of Acts. What would have happened if the Apostles downplayed their faith?

There are people who say to artists, visual or musical, to secularize your content, gain a larger audience, then you will be able to reach more people.  Another lie.  Sure it sounds nice, but you can't change the world by becoming just like it.  And you can't reach people without a message.

There are those who say you should include more secular content, just to boost sales, after all you have bills to pay.  Enticing yes, but another lie.  That is a good way to ensure your career is a failure.  You cannot serve both God and mammon (money,) Matthew 6:24.  God should be our motivating factor, not money.

Do not ever feel like you should tone down your message by secularizing your content, there is never a good reason to do so.  God wants us to be bold in our faith and in declaring the Word of God. (Philippians 1:20; Ephesians 6:19-20; Acts 4:31)  He wants us to let our light shine to the public, that they may see our good works and glorify God along with us. Matthew 5:16.

Stay Bold! And never dilute your message!

No comments :

Post a Comment