“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling for you have been called by God.” – Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus as told in Ephesians 4:1
A life worthy of your calling. That’s a huge responsibility for anyone in the spotlight. For most entertainers, it’s easy to be one way on stage and be a completely different person off stage. Life in front of the camera can look very different from one’s life away from it. But if you are a follower of Jesus Christ (someone who is more than familiar with the challenges of being in the public eye), it is expected that your personal life reflect that you live according to His word. With all the pressures that come with such a platform, that’s no easy thing.
I once heard a preacher say that God will not let you go anywhere that your character can’t keep you. I’m not entirely sure that goes for everybody. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can admit that at one time or another, I may have raised an eyebrow when an artist thanked their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an award show because their lifestyle and music they were being awarded for seemed to contradict their proclamation. While so many in the church are quick to call these artists hypocrites, I can’t help but believe that the church shares in the responsibility for these contradictions. Because the fact of the matter is, how do you live a life worthy of your calling if you don’t know what that looks like? If you don’t know how to be strong in your faith before you hit the spotlight, those flaws will only be magnified underneath it.
Hilltop City was created to help those in the music industry that are believers and followers of Christ who desire to live a life worthy of their calling. Who acknowledge that they have been given a platform and truly want to please God with it. For some this has been an uphill battle because there have been those in the church that don’t see a career in secular music as a calling at all; in fact some see it as rebellion against God. But I believe that much like Paul talks about in Ephesians 4 “each part (of the body) does its own special work”. Being an artist in the music industry is indeed a special kind of work. Entertainers, specifically in the mainstream (or secular) music industry can go places that most people can’t go and can reach people most people can’t reach. What would happen if the church heeded the message of Paul and equipped these people, God’s people, to “do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”? What would happen if the church no longer neglected to equip those “21st Century Missionaries” to be able to stand strong in their faith in the marketplace and began to see their calling as his work?
I do believe that this is beginning to happen. I am glad to say that I have heard of more pastors and ministers form relationships with Christians in the mainstream music industry in recent months. Support, encouragement and gracious accountability is so needed for these types of artists. It is my hope that through articles, interviews and other resources, Hilltop City will be able to provide support, biblically based wisdom and a network for those that have been called to use their musical talents beyond the walls of church. I’m excited about building community and providing prayer and encouragement for anyone on this journey. If this is you, welcome. I look forward to being a part of your journey.
Keep Shining (Matthew 5:14-16),