Four-time Grammy-nominated Christian singer Matthew West says living for Jesus is countercultural and Christians must not straddle the fence.
West released his new album, All In, on Sept. 22 and the musical project is being pegged "the most personal project he's done in years." The theme of the album is centered around what it looks like to devote one's life completely to the areas of faith, marriage, family and the world.
Since its release, All In has landed on multiple Billboard charts. It came in at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and No. 20 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. The success of the album comes shortly after West received his second award for ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year.
Below is an edited transcript of The Christian Post's interview with West in which he discusses nominal Christianity, the Vegas shooting and what it means to really be a Christian in this day and age.
Christian Post: During these times in the world, why is it important for Christians to go "all in" for Jesus?
West: Well, we are certainly living in uncertain times. In a world where peace seems to be in short supply, 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. When we've been filled with God's peace, only then can we turn around and become instruments of His peace to a hurting world.
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