The Loudmouth Protestant

April 23, 2009

“The God In Me”= Prosperity?

Filed under: christianity,God,gospel music — nickisym @ 10:50 am
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I am not going to lie, when I first heard Mary Mary’s “God In Me” I loved it. It was one of my favorite songs from their latest album “The Sound.” It stayed in constant rotation for about a month. But it wasn’t in heavy rotation because I thought it was profound, not at all. It was more so because the song made me feel good.  It has a catchy beat attached to words that are innocent enough so I could feel free to jam on it rather than “Blame It On the Alcohol.” It seemed innocent enough. But with the release of the single on the airwaves and the video, my feelings have changed.

You see, upon the umpteenth listen, I realized that the song, while expertly produced for the ears of the Christian who isn’t sold on a traditional gospel or CCM sound, contains lyrics that could be misconstrued as prosperity gospel. At first I thought I was reaching by drawing such a conclusion,  but upon closer inspection of the song, I find that what Mary Mary claims as the “God in Me” could be confused as preaching a prosperity gospel. 

Verse 1: Your so fly you’re so high

Everybody around you trying to figure out why

You’re so cool you win all the time

Everywhere you go man you get a lot of shine

You draw like a magnet better yet I have it

Everything you wear people say they got have it

From the sweat suit to the white tee to the Gucci

You can probably say people wanna get like me

 

Hook: But what they don’t know is when you go home

And get behind closed doors man you hit the floor

And what they can’t see is you’re on your knees

So the next time you get it just tell em

 

Verse 2: You see her style you think she nice

You look at her whip you say the whip tight

You look at her crib you thinks she’s paid

You look at her life you think she’s got it made

But everything she’s got the girl’s been given

She calls it a blessing but you call it living

When it comes to money she can be a hero

She writes them checks with a whole lot of zeros

Now the first verse is a little bit closer to what I’d expect someone to claim as evidence of the God in them. But it all goes down hill from there as the duo trades inner man change shown outward for the accumulation of goods as evidence of the God in them. Side note: I will not take away from the fact that Mary Mary is giving it up to God and acknowledging that He is the source of all they have. That’s not what I take issue with. I take issue with the fact that it seems they are steering people away from the true knowledge of God by boasting about prosperity as opposed to the real power of God in the believer’s life. This could present a problem for the babe in Christ who doesn’t have a deep understanding of what God in them is supposed to look like. They may be deceived into thinking that the prayers of the righteous availeth much Gucci, nice whips, and lots of money. But in reality, “The God in Me” reveals so much more than the sum of our possessions. It’s dangerous to portray God to the world as one who does a good job of blessing us with things before you show the world how he broke you before he could give you any of these things.

I realize that this song has amazing crossover potential since it sounds like any old secular song; and if you put the video on mute, you might think you were watching a secular video. But therein lies the problem. This video and song has potential to be played the world over and it may be some people’s first time hearing about God. So you have to think, “What will someone get after listening to this song? A healthy understanding of God or a fractured one that highlights the part everyone can get excited about?”  I take issue with Mary Mary not presenting a holistic view of what the God in an individual looks like. They are not wrong to say that the God in them draws people to them, blesses them with fly clothes, hot whips, money, and cool friends, but, God is so much more than that. I want people to see that He is to be worshipped, not for the things He gives us, but for who He is. And really, if we are going to worship Him for giving us something, let’s worship Him for Jesus.

In the end, I respect Mary Mary for trying to make music that bridges the gap. I am a fan. I just want them to make sure they are being more careful about trying to be all things to all men and be cognizant of the fact that everything they do as gospel artists should tell of the complete truth of God and show forth true knowledge of God so as not to mislead anyone.

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6 Comments »

  1. Great article lady. I felt the same way but couldn’t quite express it correctly in words. Well said!

    Comment by Gifted One — April 23, 2009 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  2. I do love the song though….and for those that understand the message (and not take it as just prosperity), it is a GREAT SONG!!

    Comment by Gifted One — April 23, 2009 @ 11:47 am | Reply

    • I love the song as well, I just think it’s necessary to tighten the message so that it reads to people who aren’t in the choir, like us. 🙂

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — April 23, 2009 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  3. its a cool song to vibe to, they probably just came up w/ the lyrics as a mini testimony on how prosperous they are as a result of staying on their knees praying. i do agree that a huge chunk about trials tribulations and riding hard times out is missing and can mislead babes though. Nevertheless its just a safe song that i can blast in the car.

    Comment by chin — April 27, 2009 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

    • Chin, I like the concept of the mini-testimony. And it is at the root of what we are here to do, testify to God’s goodness. I guess I wish it was just wrapped differently, but you know what, if it speaks to someone and their life is changed, Mary Mary would have done their job well. Who am I to judge?

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — April 28, 2009 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  4. Inasmuch as the song is a good song to play when you are driving in ur car and all still it has the potency to portray what is NOT about the Christian race. In the end, let us give them the benefit of the doubt that they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and if the song glorifies God in the end…let God have his way

    Comment by Harry — July 24, 2009 @ 2:02 pm | Reply


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