jumpI’m not a huge fan of MercyMe but I do like some of their songs, like “Beautiful”, “I Can Only Imagine”, etc. I’ve always been a fan of their lyrics for some other songs but they get to repetitive for my taste.

But, when I heard the song “Shake” MercyMe went into a whole new level of music. Not a good level. I have put the lyrics below to their new song:

I just can’t believe
Where my life was at
All that I know is that my heart was broken
And I don’t ever wanna go back

Ain’t no explanation
How I saw the light
He found me and set me free
And it brought me back to life

Blame it on the transformation
Changed down to the core
His love is real
And I can’t sit still
Cuz my name’s not shamed no more

Great God Almighty, gonna change this
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake
Shake like you’ve been changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Maybe He came to you
When everything seemed fine
Or maybe your world was upside down and hit you right between the eyes
No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet ‘cause you are free
And you’ve never been more alive

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you’re changed, changed changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake
Shake like you changed, changed, changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you’ve been changed
Come on and shake, shake, shake
Shake like you changed, changed, changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, Shake

Great God Almighty gonna change me
Great God Almighty, He gone and changed me
No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet, ‘cause you are free
And you’ve never been more alive

Repeat chorus

My first objection was to the beat and mood of this song. This beat has actually been labeled, by a person who liked the song, a tune that people who don’t listen to Christian music will like. And, one can tell from the tune and mood that that is the overall purpose of it. The lyrics are written for Christians but the tune is written for the world, for sure.

Now, I’m not against songs that call for Christians to show their joy of being saved, but, “shake”, seriously? Shake? That sounds petty but that is one of the many complaints I have about the lyrics.

This song, for the most part, preaches the false Gospel that ministries such as Living Waters try to expose. The idea? Tell people that you are better with God than without Him. This creates a false motive in people to “accept” Christ. They try Christianity on a “experimental basis” to see if it really does make life better . . . they experience persecution, ridicule and rejection. So, they cast aside the lie they thought was the Gospel and never again seek God.

This song doesn’t once mention what Christ did for us. It doesn’t preach the Gospel, it teaches the “God has a wonderful plan for your life gospel”.

I have respect for MercyMe trying to create a song that is enjoyable to listen to and try honoring God, but do the lyrics or the tune really honor God, or entertain and mislead man?

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