It wasn’t too long after I turned on the radio that I heard Erica Campbell’s newest single “I Need Just A Little More Jesus.” I actually heard the song a few times before and thought to myself … “What??” But this time I listened to as much of it as I could stand and promptly turned it off! I’d rather ride home in silence. I know, I know… how dare I say something about a gospel song with the name “JESUS” in it?! Well here’s the thing, I’m not moved by religion, I’m moved by relationship. In any relationship you must know the person you call “friend.” I’ve spent enough time learning Him to know through His own words that He’s done all that He is going to do. What more can you ask of someone who died for you? He not only died but resurrected and is with us every single moment of our lives. He is known as “I AM” meaning everything you will ever need He is. So tell me what more can He be for you or do for you?? …. I’ll wait. The truth is we tend to not recognize His presence until we’re beat up and torn down by our way of life. The song would make sense if it was about needing to make more time for Jesus but the way it is now is just dumb. Yes dumb.
I don’t buy into songs just because they fit into the “Gospel” genre. There are many gospel songs that have absolutely no truth to them at all yet people sing them with praise in their heart because it sounds like a good church song. The artists threw in a bunch of “Jesus” references so people would negate all the other non-biblical lyrics. Yes, her song sounds good and churchy. It’s a good rendition of how old time gospel songs used to sound like. There’s just one problem. There’s no truth to it and because of that I want no parts of it. I feel the same way about singing a song about climbing a mountain when the Word says that I can speak to it… or begging the Lord to not pass you by when the Word says He’ll never leave you or forsake you.
It’s my hope that people who love gospel music also embrace the idea of discernment. Don’t be so moved by a beat or a familiarity of a sound that you negate the fact that it’s feeding you lies and causing you to misunderstand who God really is and the power that you have because of Him. It’s also my hope that people are more open to inspirational songs that aren’t under the “Gospel” umbrella. It may not have the traditional gospel sound but if it’s truth I’ll take it! And on that note…