Members of Charlotte-based Elevation Church have put together and performed a rap-and-dance video which honors their pastor, Steven Furtick.
October was Pastor Appreciation Month, and members of Elevation Church, the megachurch founded by Pastor Steven Furtick, created and performed a rap-and-dance video based on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Downtown.”
The Christian Post reports that in the original version of the song, the rapper is looking for a moped, but the 100 or so Elevation Church performers changed their version to have the search be for a church.
Although the video is not available for public viewing due to previous criticism that the church already puts Furtick on too high of a pedestal, it is known that lyrics from the video say:
"Pastor/He has big arms/And has big faith/No word he says will go to waste/For well over 3,000 days/He always preaches down the place."
The 35-year-old Furtick founded Elevation Church in 2006. It has since grown to over 17,000 members, according to the Charlotte Observer.
"There is a misconception that says Christianity is a dry religion based on rules and restrictions," Furtick told The Christian Post in an earlier interview. "That couldn't be further from the life Jesus came and died to give us. … The more we can break through barriers that people may put up against religion and allow them to experience Jesus in a clear, refreshing way, the more we will see people embrace Him.”
“While I may reference popular culture or make a joke in my sermon that steps outside of the stereotypical church context, that's not what engages and changes people,” Furtick continued. “God's Word does that. I don't have to make God's Word relevant — it transcends time. I simply have to make it clear. If I can communicate God's Word clearly and understandably, all people, young people included, can apply it to their lives."
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Publication date: November 2, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.