It’s time for us to love, but the thing is it’s not just the world picking sides, it’s the church, too. Our side’s been chosen—you don’t get to choose one. And, this is not, “Our side is better” talk… We gave up our rights. Now, it doesn’t mean we’re not black, white, Asian, Hispanic, male, or female, etc. It just means that there’s now a higher lineage that we’re from—we’re a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen generation. The Bible calls us “kings and priests.” It also says, “Deny yourself,” so if you’re really a disciple, it’s time to let go.

During the performance of that song at shows, we flash different quotes prominent people like Martin Luther King Jr., even Mahatma Gandhi—messages of love and peace, you know? We’re trying to get that message out there, people don’t have to choose Christ, but hopefully we’ll lead them into that. The Bible says, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.” Hopefully, that is the tone that that song takes.

CCM: We would assume that you have access to a more diverse pool of artists than those we get to talk to on a regular basis… On subjects like these, what’s the chatter really like within those circles?
People don’t talk about it a lot.

CCM: Really?
I’ll be honest. It’s not a topic. Even politically, you’d be surprised of what you think someone would think.

CCM: You’ve been known to not shy away from sharing your personal struggles. Why?
Earlier, we were talking about victories. A personal one that came with the song “Rise,” was actually in going through the process of writing that song. Looking back at the struggles to see, “Oh, there was purpose in that.” At times it seemed like there was absolutely no hope at all, but it actually was a launching pad…that dark time. I think that’s the message that I’m trying to get out, is that in the dark times there’s a setup happening and you’re the one who gets to make the decision on how long you’re going to stay there. If you can begin to grab on to God’s principles, even though it feels like nothing’s working, it can literally launch you forward. If you do that in faith, you’ll see the goodness out of it, but sometimes we end up staying in those [dark] circumstances. I’m glad I didn’t, because I feel like I was there long enough.


2 Responses

  1. LucyFave

    Thanks for the great article (and good questions) on Danny Gokey. Really enjoyed reading it and I will be sharing it!

  2. Bob Peacock

    Enjoy your messages immensely., through your words and music., lives are healed. Thank you. and blessings to you and yours always., Keep up the great work you are doing in His service..

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