Matthew West

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Oct 27, 2017 by Alyssa Duvall

Matthew West Encourages Christians: "Go Against Flow of Culture, Go All In for God"

Award-winning Christian musician Matthew West encouraged his listeners to go “against the flow of culture” and go “all in for God”, echoing the theme of his newest album, “All In”. The album “explores themes of discipleship, surrender, family, faith, and marriage,” CBN News reports.

West released his album in September and said he hopes it sends a “powerful message” to believers everywhere: "I feel like the world is desperate to see an example of ‘peace that passes understanding.’ When someone goes ‘all in’ for God, committing their whole life to Him, peace is one of the gifts we are promised. Someone who is all in for God can take to heart that even though we will have trouble in this world, our lives are in the hands of the one who has overcome this world."

West describes the fear he believes many American Christians have of submitting to scriptural commands to abandon everything for God: "I think the biggest fear is the fear of what a life devoted to God will cost. We love our stuff, don't we? It's the fear of the thought that maybe, just maybe, a life going all in for God might mean we would have to let go of some of our stuff, our way of life, our comforts. That scares people. I know it scares me sometimes.”

Admonishing against falling into “cultural Christianity”, West describes the counter-cultural nature of true Christianity: "Christianity has always been against the flow of culture and continues to call us in the opposite direction of the way the world is heading. Instead of falling in love with ourselves, Christ followers are called to deny themselves. The decision to follow Christ has really always been an ‘all or nothing’ decision. There's no way to stand up to the world while you're trying to straddle the fence."

West edifies listeners with a reminder that when seeking Christ first, we have nothing to fear: “The best way to fight the fear of going all in is by constantly reminding ourselves that God has our best interests at heart. Being in the center of God's will for our lives is the single most fulfilling destination we will ever find ourselves."



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