Originally posted on ChurchSalt:
I recently saw that Christian singer “Toby Mac” has released a single that has made it all the way to the #1 spot in the secular charts with the song “Eye On It”. Naturally, that made me curious as to what a Christian singer might be singing about that would resonate so well with the lost. After all, Scripture tells us that we will be persecuted for our faith, that all men will hate us and revile us. We are told that those in the dark can’t comprehend the light and that we will be hated by the world in the same way the world hated Christ first. So knowing these things, I couldn’t imagine how a singer might glorify God, sing praises of His power and deeds and at the same time strike a common chord with the lost.
So I looked up the lyrics and (*sigh*) found out why the song is so popular. It doesn’t glorify God. In fact, it doesn’t even mention Him using the simple words “God” or “Lord”, let alone naming the name that is an offense (that Being the name of Jesus). The song is all about me. I am trying hard, I am pushing forward, I am determined and I have my eye on the prize. I assume that the lyrics are some distant reference to Philippians 3 where (ironically) after clearly teaching that striving for obedience doesn’t save, the Holy Spirit uses Paul’s pen to encourage Christians to strive against sin because Jesus Christ has purchased us with His blood. I would think that the free gift of salvation through the sacrifice of God incarnate would at least get an honorable mention. But, then again, I suppose if the song detailed the work Christ did rather than the work we are doing (or in other words, gave the glory to Jesus rather than self) it wouldn’t have made the secular charts at all, let alone the number one slot. As so many times before, after taking a peek into contemporary Christian music, I am walking away dismayed.