Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mac Powell Goes Country. Is Armageddon Next?

I don’t know if Armageddon is next, but some people’s reaction to Mac Powell’s new country album would make you think the anti-Christ had just taken power.  But, the anti-Christ is not the point of my post.  The point is the reaction to Mac's new album.

If you’re unfamiliar with Mac, you may be saying, “Who’s Mac Powell and why does it matter if he made a country music album?”  Mac is the lead singer for the Christian group Third Day.  And, it really doesn’t matter at all that he’s made a country music album, unless you are a modern day Pharisee.  Now, I’ve not listened to the entire album, just the samples on Mac’s website, but as a whole, the songs appear to be light and somewhat silly, and Mac says he just wanted to have fun.

Most people seem to like the album based on the Amazon reviews, and if you liked the sound of Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers, you’ll probably like Mac’s album too.  But, I’m not writing a review.  I’m writing because Mac hasn’t committed a mortal sin in releasing a country album even though some people act like he has.

Two of the reasons, I believe, so many people don’t want to become Christians are because so many Christians find it necessary to criticize other Christians publicly.and so many act like you can’t have fun and love God too.  Now in writing this blog, I realize I am being critical, but I am not implying any of the reviewers have somehow turned from God.  I am simply struck by the fact, we won't win people to Christ by being self-righteously critical and humorless.

One reviewer on Amazon indicated Mac needed to “hold true to the calling” from God and quoted Romans 12:3.  And, of course, they mentioned, they weren’t going to buy the album.  So my first question is why are you commenting under customer reviews?  My next question is how has Mac violated his calling from God by making a solo country album?  Mac isn’t forsaking his Christianty to become a country star.  Are we to conclude if God has called you to do something, you aren’t allowed to use those same talents to do anything else?   And, how does making a country album with mostly harmless lyrics mean Mac is conforming to this world?  

Another commenter on Mac’s website posted something to the effect that “Singing for Jesus isn’t good enough?”  which just flabbergasts me.  Let’s see, Mac has been singing for Jesus for 20 years with Third Day.  I just saw them in concert last week and they sang only songs for Jesus.  They all appear to be the most genuine men who clearly love the Lord.  They even have a new album coming out in the fall that’s all about Jesus.  I don’t think Mac has stopped singing about Jesus.  Moreover, I believe Jesus probably had some fun while he was here on earth.  I think he laughed, joked, and maybe even sang a top ten 30 AD song or two.  The disciples in their accounts of Jesus were more concerned about telling who Jesus was and why it was important to follow him than they were at giving us an in depth look at Jesus’ personality.  I understand that was the most important thing to do.  But I feel certain he had a sense of humor, and that even Jesus liked to have fun.  But, so many people want to mold him into a humorless and morose one-dimensional character, and then wonder why people don’t want to follow him. 

Another person commented on the comment of the person who thinks Mac needs to stick to his calling.  This person thinks the song “Saturday Night” is promoting willful sin and makes people think the reason you go to church is because you want to get forgiveness for living wrong, which makes lost people think Christians are no different than they are.  In defense of this person, the lyrics do say, “Trying to find forgiveness for what I did Saturday night.”  I guess I can see this person’s point and maybe Mac could have put it differently, but at the same time, if you’ve done something you shouldn’t have done, going to church and asking for forgiveness isn’t really a bad thing to do.  Mac doesn't spell out for us what he needs forgiveness for, but if I were going to give the song a rating, it still would be “G” rated.

In the end, I agree most with the reviewer who thinks Mac’s country album might reach a whole different audience for the Lord.  Think about it; you’re a lost person and you just happen to love country music.  You hear a new song by a guy named Mac Powell.  You decide to find out more about Mac Powell and you discover he’s the lead singer for a group called Third Day.  You like Mac’s sound, so you decide you’ll check out Third Day.  While you’re listening to Third Day, you hear something that makes you think about what kind of relationship you have with God, and suddenly you’re convicted you need to have a relationship with God.  And, so one lost person accepts Jesus and starts living a God honoring life.  I think Mac’s done a service for God.  Of course, I could be wrong.  Maybe God will be very upset that a lost person came to know Him by first listening to a country music song by a guy who makes a living singing Christian music.  But, I don't think so because Jesus didn't hang out with the Pharisees.  Jesus hung out with the sinners because the super, pious were to self-righteous to see him for who he really was, and the sinners knew he was the only hope they had.   

So what is my take away?  I want to shut my mouth when I feel the need to criticize a fellow brother or sister in Christ for something I don't think they should have done.  I want to reflect Christ in how I treat everyone and if what I have to say doesn't show his love, then I don't want to say it. 

In conclusion, the lyrics I heard are all “G” rated.  Mac doesn’t mention going to the bar, drinking until he can’t stand up, starting a brawl, or cheating on his wife with the woman next door.  He does sing about loving someone forever, holding someone’s hand, and feeling really stupid for acting like a fool.  Bless his heart; it looks like he was just trying to have fun.

And I will hope for the sake of all those who are highly offended by Mac’s country album that when they get to heaven they are not required to attend a Heavenly Hoe-Down every Saturday night.  But, if they are, do you think these super holy saints will ask to leave?  Nope, I think they’ll grab their partner and happily do-si-do around the throne of God.

5 comments:

  1. Well said! Man, some people just can't see the bigger picture. Plus, we aren't puppets. We should all be looking to enjoy our gifts and abilities without bringing shame to God, and I don't think Mac did that by doing a non-Third Day album. Had he used colourful language in the process, that'd have been a different story. Some people - heck, maybe all of us - need to lighten up a touch. :)

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  2. As a long time Third day fan, I didn't initially favor Mac's venture into Country. But my wife bought the CD and had it on in the car. It started to grow on me a bit and then this weekend I was on a long drive by myself and listened to it and WHAM, it hit me. This album is amazing, typical of Mac. I love it and listened to it for about 6 hours straight that day. I agree that Mac could possibly reach out into some secular circles with this and lead them to Christ through the back door. There is nothing inapropriate in it that I could tell. Saturday Night is the most on the fringe, but who hasn't been there? I sure have and can relate to the song. The other songs about losing a loved one, loving your spouse more each day and others are simply beautiful. Well done Mac!

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  3. I spent a day with these guys. A little history as to how this happened, so you realize this is truthful. My daughter and wife both worked for Duck Commander at the time, Third Day comes to town and we (my wife and me) are runners for the show. Having spent time at the warehouse (DC) and around the guys with DC we were asked to drive Third Day to the warehouse for a tour and then to Phil and Kay's house for lunch. Now, with all that said, Mac is truly one of the most sincere men I have ever met. watching him interact with everyone he came in contact with truly amazed me. Country album or not, he is what he appears to be, just a sincere Christian man trying to do the best he can in this world with the time we are given.

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  4. Just stumbled across this post. Unlike the people you talked about, I actually prefer Christian artists that focus on their genera versus their lyrics. I would lots rather have a good artists whos faith shows in their music, versus someone that preaches in their music. This said, I Don't think "Well, Sunday morning I go to church/ I say my prayers and read The Word/ Trying to find forgiveness for what I did Saturday. Ah yeah, Saturday night... We're gonna have a good time, Gonna let our hair down Saturday night." are great lyrics... seems to treat sin in a simple way, like you can sin as long as you ask forgiveness. God will forgive sin, but you shouldn't sin just because you know He will forgive.

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  5. Sinnbox - Thank you for the comment. It's so hard being a Christian because we really have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. My post about Mac Powell was in response to some really ugly comments Christian people were making about him. I agree we shouldn't purposely sin because God will forgive us. The Apostle Paul cautions us not to do that. As I stated, Mac probably should have thought more about those particular lyrics, but I have no doubt he is the "real deal," as far as Christianity is concerned. Thanks for reading the blog and responding.

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