The May 2010 issue of Charisma magazine features “The Gospel and Marvin Gaye” about the intersection (or too often lack thereof) between worship and justice. Co-authors Jeremy Del Rio and Louis Carlo are both featured trainers at UYWI’s upcoming Reload 1.2.3 event in NY and NJ on June 12, and Pastor Lou is also leading worship (and justice!) at the Bronx venue.
The soundtrack that accompanied heaven’s greatest lyrics—the Word made flesh (see John 1:14)—bears little resemblance to popular songs we sing in our churches. When Jesus came and lived among us, His manner of doing so invited shame and ridicule, not material bounty.
He lived among us as a child of poverty (born in a barn); political refugee (in Egypt); social pariah (survivor of a capital crime: unmarried pregnancy); ghetto immigrant (“What good comes from Nazareth?”); and blue-collar worker (carpenter) who was a subject of an imperialistic colonizer (Rome). …
Jesus’ mission to bring good news to the poor, sight to the blind and liberty to the oppressed should define our worship, be it expressed in music or lifestyle. Music, because we feel it, penetrates our hearts and stimulates a response. It ennobles ideas, emotes passion and defines eras. Gaye’s opus reminds us of that.
Reflecting Christ’s purpose through our lives will require the courage to break free from convention, perceive the new things God is doing in our midst and zealously pursue them.
Read the full article here.
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