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Praising God with Music or Negativity, Death & Destruction!

By George V. Johnson, Jr.

editorialsMusic promotes life by enriching the soul and spirit. Using music in the wrong context can also promote negativity, death and destruction. Abusing drugs and alcohol only speeds up the process. We’ve lost so many talented brothers and sisters in show business because of negativity that its frightening.

I think that if each one had just asked themselves if God would want me say this or say that and do this and do that the outcome of their lives would be totally different. Many artist don’t realize the magnitude of negative lyrics and the power they have over younger people with hardly any life experience or spiritual guidance. God’s word is even more powerful! If everyone would just believe in the word the world be a much better place to live. Some folks just say and sing anything just to be heard. Whether they like it or not they are role models and our children are always listening. They get caught up in the moment and the hype and once they acquire money they forget where they come from and that God is using them. So what do we have? Negativity, death and destruction!

Take a look at Tupac and Biggie Smalls. The young brothers amassed so much in so little time. Al the fame and fortune, selling millions of recordings, yet you could hear their immaturity. It’s been said they had this so called eastcoast/westcoast, personal rivalry. In the meantime, Negativity, death and destruction! Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Elvis Presley, Kurt Kobain, John Belushi, Jim Morrison, Freddy Prince, River Phoenix, Marvin Gaye….and the list goes on. Death, death, death!!! The cause “Drugs and Alcohol” Negativity, death and destruction! There are countless of others who tell stories of recovery and relapse, recovery and relapse! Rick James, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Little Richard, Richard Pryor, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey, Jr., Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry…the list goes on. Take a good look around! None of us live in a glass house. We all make mistakes, but we can make a change. If not! Negativity, Death and Destruction!

My three sons keep me in tune to the younger generation and because of them I was listening to a CD by a group called DMX the other day and the young brothers were talking about sucking private parts, kissing rear ends, F this and F that, sex and everything you could imagine. The next day when I was walking in the park there was a group of young brothers sitting at a park bench with a boom box singing the same song word for word and they couldn’t have been over sixteen. If only they could learn and practice their school work in the same manner. I suggest they go to medical school and obtain a degree in Medicine or Physical Education then maybe they would be qualified to talk about body parts or teach a course in sex education. This is what the record companies are producing, the stores are selling and radio stations are blasting on the airwaves around the world. It seems as though we have a lot of confused, ignorant and greedy people taking advantage of our children, children, children!!! It only takes a minimum amount of wisdom to figure this out. IS GOD TELLING THEM TO DO THIS? Or is the DEVIL working his magic? “Well, I think what we have is NEGATIVITY, DEATH & DESTRUCTION! Now! this ain’t just a BLACK THING! It’s a world thing. So what are we going to do? Keep sleeping or wake up when it’s too late? Negativity, Death & Destruction!!

If the majority of the artist including: actors, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, record producer, corporate executives, teachers and athletes would promote positivity instead of negativity they would be doing God’s work. You don’t have to sing just gospel music to praise God. All music comes from GOD! God created man. Just be positive with it. Watch what you say and do. Be aware of the DEVIL IN YOU. Our babies are looking and listening. Why? NEGATIVITY, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION?

People get ready there’s a train a comin. You don’t need no baggage..you just get on board. All yo need is faith to hear the diesels humming. You don’t need no ticket you just thank the LORD! By Curtis Mayfield ad the Impressions. Peace and love my Brothers and Sisters. Have faith and praise GOD!

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