2 Peter 1 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have. I consider it right, as long as I am in this tent, to wake you up with a reminder, knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our L_rd, Yeshua the Messiah has also shown me. And I will also make ever effort that after my departure you may be able to recall these things at any time.” 2 Peter 1:12-15
Several years ago, an evangelical philosophy began to spread throughout the “Christian” music & entertainment community. Based primarily on the ideas of a book called “Roaring Lambs”, many artists in the “business” became preoccupied with the notion that people weren’t becoming followers of Jesus because there weren’t enough Christian “stars” in the secular entertainment industry. A quasi movement arose in response to the perceived “need” to raise-up prominent Christian artists who would influence the World with their art & star-power.
Obviously, I find nothing wrong with evangelism, or doing ministry in secular venues…but attached to the aforementioned philosophy was the negative sentiment that Christian artists who didn’t adopt this approach, whose music was primarily designed to disciple & encourage believers in Yeshua, were selling-out. The term used was: “Preaching to the choir.” In response, many artists decided to forsake the greater community of Messiah (as a marketplace) and rush to the general marketplace, where all the “lost” people are perceived to be dwelling.
Being a follower of Yeshua, and also a member of the music business community, I became keenly interested in this movement. It has been my observation that the secular siege has more to do with marketing music than winning souls. Christian music, TV, radio & retail, combined, reaches less than 15% of people who attend churches. Preaching to the choir? The Christian music industry on its best day has not reached 85% of the “choir” yet! Surely, there are lost & discouraged people in that 85% of congregation attendees, who need to be reminded of the truth & hope of G_d’s Word.
Many of my colleagues felt they were on the cusp of an awakening, and that the secular initiative would be the fulcrum from which a huge revival would be leveraged. A few even obtained general market success. But for the most part, the Messianic community-at-large is still waiting to receive the wave “of converts” these stars and their music has produced. The reason for the lack of “revival” (through the mainstream efforts) is because the closer we get to the World…with the intent of selling them a product…the more the World demands we diminish our message. Quite literally: They won’t buy it.
Friends, the World will not be won from a stage. “The revolution will not be televised”, to paraphrase the ‘70’s song. G_d primarily uses laymen to win souls. By the way, that’s YOU. More than a rock star persona, we need a generation of well-versed believers, who can do the work of an evangelist and remain present in the lives of those whom they lead to faith: Discipleship. This was exactly the Apostle Peter’s point. One doesn’t become well-versed & disciplined without repetition and support from G_dly community.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, December 3, 2013