Ever since the Founder of International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim revealed that it was through his prayers and directions that made Guru’s ”lapaz toyota”an instant hit, I have not had peace within my innerman. I have been asking myself several questions even though I haven’t gotten an answer to even one of those questions.
I listen to Hiplife and I know some of the lyrics used and to hear a Man Of God boasting that he made a ”wordly” song a hit, was quite disappointing and unfortunate.
”The good Lord is capable of making everything a success in this world. I helped and prayed including giving out directions to Guru. I told him to bring one of his promo CD’s to me for prayers during one of our meetings. I prayed over the CD, broke it into four parts and threw them in all directions of the world geographically. I threw them to the North, South, East and the West and without doubt,”Lapaz Toyota” is now one of the successful songs of our time. I even played the song in the church and the congregation danced to it with a live band”, Bishop Daniel told viewers of Metro TV.
I side so much with Bishop Daniel Obinim when he says God is capable of making everything a success but of contention is the likelihood of God making an ungodly activity or endeavor a success. I have no intention of blaspheming but I sincerely believe and know that God will never seek the well being of an armed robbery business, sakawa, or any other thing that does not glorify him. We all describe Hiplife as secular music but have we taken pain and time to find out what that means?
According to Wikipedia, ‘secular” means wordly, that is the state of being separate from religion or not being exclusively allied to any particular religion. According to Dictionary .com, it means worldy and not religious.
In as much as we term Hiplife as secular music and the fact that it has no religious and Godly connection, why on earth would a Pastor pray for such a thing to flourish? The Bible admonishes Christians not to be of the world even though we live on this earth. What would be a Pastor’s reaction if anyone goes to him asking for prayers to flourish an armed robbery business?
An armed robbery business is not of God; it’s a secular business. It’s quite certain that any Pastor would not help anyone with such a prayer request all because of the likely effects of armed robbery. Surprisingly, we are losing sight of the kind of negative impact Hiplife has on the moral life of Ghanaians.
I have no intention of condemning Hiplife but what do most of our artistes preach, is it not sexual promiscuity, drunkenness, profanity and other morally bankrupt activities? Whilst writing this piece, I came across a new music video on TV. For the purpose of this piece, I wouldn’t mention the name of the group whose video was shown and the title of the song. Truthfully, what I saw in the video was just too bad. Throughout the video, three members of the group were all ”playing” with the buttocks of the main character. You can call it ”gargantuan buttocks”.
As I watched the music video so many thoughts ran through my mind. Perhaps, these musicians just wanted to entertain their fans but unfortunately, they had ignored the likely consequences and effects of some the actions in the video to all those who may watch that video. We see all these kind of things associated with Hiplife and then, we hear a Pastor boasting that his prayers made a Hiplife song a hit? It’s so silly to ask but then does God answer the prayer of his servants even if those requests are not Godly or God probably loves Hiplife?
Touching on the hypocrisy of Christians today, why on earth would a Pastor play a Hiplife song in God’s house and dance to the song together with his congregation. I must once again emphasize that I have nothing personal against Hiplife but then the lines should be drawn. Judging from the kind of lyrics of our Hiplife songs and the kind of music videos for Hiplife songs, I sincerely don’t believe Hiplife music has any business doing in the house of the Lord.
Listening critically to the Lapaz Toyota song, there is a portion where Guru says he is a big boy and that he doesn’t have interest in grown up ladies but rather he likes children. Isn’t this kind of utterances encouraging the ”sugar-daddy& mummy” phenomenon? Hiplife artistes know the kind of songs they do and this is why they never get featured on any Gospel music show. Have you forgotten the response Herty Borngreat received when she featured two Hiplife stars, Sakordie and Trigmatic on two of her Gospel songs?
What I deduce from all these is that, its possible Bishop Obinim may have been enjoying other morally degrading Hiplife songs in the comfort of his home and his church members do like wise. Very soon, we would have our ”funky” pastors who enjoy some of the morally degrading songs, besieging our nightclubs just to listen and dance to Hiplife if only some of them have not already started. Need I say more, I rest my case.
By Ebenezer Narh Affum, Ghanamusic.com