Monday, 10 January 2011


Discussions on this track are raging over at I thought I'd basically just copy and paste my thoughts from there on here. The first video is of the song. The second video is of Canton Jones explaining the message he was trying to give and why he edited out certain words.

My thoughts:

Comment 1: "The bleeping is clever, subversive and thought provoking. But why does he say OMG? I can't hear that in any other way but as blaspheming - it is totally unnecessary and it is in including that lyric that he panders to the secular market (even Usher sings "Oh My Gosh"!!!!!)"

Although I said that the editing was clever, that doesn't mean I actually agree with the sentiments of the song. Clubs can be dangerous places for Christians (speaking from personal experience) although I am aware that this club night was a specifically Christian event where the bar was alcohol free. CJ also mentions arriving in a Bentley - something most would frown upon and something I'm not really that comfortable with either (don't get me wrong though, I am a bit of a petrol head!). Songs that are supposed to glorify God shouldn't see the artist showing off their personal wealth.

Comment 2: "Back to the OMG thing:

"I think a better example would be if a person used "OMG or Jesus' in place of a four letter filth word vs a prayer."

When some people witness a car crash or similar, they may say s*** or something similar. Saying OMG or Jesus in place of this is taking God's name in vain. This is not an example of calling on God's name - it is an example of exclaiming something as a reaction. It's naive to think that saying OMG in these situations is a good thing. Praying to God immediately would be a good thing but saying OMG isn't praying... unless you say it with a prayerful heart - which is not how people use the expression.

In this song CJ seems to be using it in place of "Oh my goodness, I can't believe it, they've let some Christians in the club" - it is an exclamation, a showing of surprise and is not the correct use for God's name IMO.

If this is a trend, then it is a bad one. It is worldly. The world says OMG as an exclamation with NO reference to the One True God. We should not be trying to reclaim it so that we can use it in the exact same way. If we say it, then it's just another lost opportunity of showing yourself as different.

Obviously, starting a prayer with "Oh my God" is the best and only way to use those three words in sequence. Yes, it can be sung...but in a way that addresses God and then goes onto say something to God."

It's saddening to see that there are Christian people out there who are unaware of parts of who they are called to be and how they are called to behave in this world. I know a keyboard warrior like me can't make changes but I felt that this was a point that needed raising. I also don't intend to start arguments, just provoke thought. What do you think about the use of "OMG" in this context?

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