According to The BelleReport.com written by Juandolyn Stokes
Gospel Music Has Its Purpose
“O Zion, that brings good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings forth good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid.” Isa. 40:9
Gospel music is not just another genre of music. It is not a melody of Christian words put to a song. Neither is it the lyrics of a battered soul making its desperate cry. With its foundation based in the Gospels of the Holy Scriptures, gospel music has the power to transform. In the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55 , Mary sang a gospel song from a joyful heart – “My soul does magnify the name of the Lord.” Originating from the voices of African Americans who were sold into slavery, gospel music has the power to liberate our minds, bodies and souls. Our African American past tells us that slaves used music as a source of communication to pass on messages of freedom, peace and deliverance. Through pain and suffering, gospel music kept their hope in view and their faith in God. Gospel music doesn’t seek to pay homage to fancy beats and radical melodies. It gives glory to God. Gospel music does not make its allegiance to suffering, pain and sorrow. It obligates itself to carrying out the mission of salvation, liberation and healing. So, with our voices we sing; with our instruments we play; and, with our hearts and minds, we write a music so powerful and transforming. Gospel music – a music that is anointed to entertain and inspire, commissioned to heal and foster hope, called to changed and give new life. Gospel music – the music of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your Friend & Sistah,