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Israel War Addressed At Music Awards

by | Tue, Oct 24 2023

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Artists Lauren Daigle and Tauren Wells have addressed the war between Israel and Hamas at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards which is the biggest night of the year in Christian music, sharing with attendees the hope that’s found only in Jesus in the midst of turmoil.

Host Wells told the thousands gathered at a Nashville arena that Christians are uniquely positioned to understand the “weight and the gravity that comes with the war — a conflict that started in the house of Abraham and has existed for 4,000 years. We know that ultimately Jesus is going to get His glory. He is going to redeem His people.”

“So, I just want to express today on behalf of the artists in this faith community here, that we remember Israel tonight. We stand with the people of God, and as Scripture instructs us, we pray for peace in Jerusalem. Now, here’s the thing, we can’t just pray for peace and not understand and identify the Prince of Peace. This conflict will not end until Jesus is the Lord of Israel and Jesus is the Lord of [Palestinians] and Jesus is the Lord of every nation and every tribe and every tongue. There is a day coming at which every knee will bow and every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Tauren Wells stressed that “the world could be at war, but the Church is going to be in worship. We don’t praise God depending upon our circumstances. We praise God depending upon His reputation. And Scripture says He is faithful and He is good to every generation. And that means there are generations the world will forget that God will remember. Tonight, we celebrate that name of Jesus as we remember the people reeling in pain tonight.”

Lauren Daigle, who won her 12th Dove Award on the night for Best Short-Form Music Video of the Year (Concept) for Thank God I Do, said that in light of the conflict in Israel, “our eyes need to be opened to what He might be calling us to.”

“We have the hope of eternity and the Good News of the Gospel,” she added. “We aren’t bringing in messages that tear and divide, we’re bringing in messages that remind people of their worth, that remind children they are valuable and belong in society and remind people that they have something that only God can fulfill. We get to tell them that He is the Great I Am. That He is above the times. That He is the source of hope compared to nothing else this world has to offer. There is nothing as great. He is the light of the world. He is the light of men. He is the bread of life.”

Brandon Lake, Katy Nichole and Blessing Offor took out a swag of top honours at the awards with Lake’s multiple awards including Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Worship Recorded Song of the Year for Gratitude, and “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year for Graves which is a collaboration with hip-hop artist KB.

Katy Nichole whose breakthrough hit In Jesus Name set new records for a Christian song, was awarded New Artist Of The Year. She told The Christian Post:“ I felt the presence of God in almost all of the songs that I’ve put out. I don’t really like to put things out if I didn’t have a personal experience, or I didn’t have a personal moment with the Lord. My hope is that my relationship with Jesus will encourage someone else to have a relationship with Jesus. I just always pray that God moves.”

Tasha Cobb Leonard, who closed the night by performing Burdens Down, won Gospel Worship Album of the Year for Hymns (Live) and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for It Is Well. She joined Blessing Offor as a dual award winner after he won Pop or Contemporary Recorded Song of The Year for Brighter Days and “Short Form Music Video of The Year (Performance)” for “The Goodness” with Toby Mac who also won two awards, as did Jeff Pardo. Elevation Worship was honoured with Worship Album of the Year for Live From the Loft.

The Christian Post reports that Jenn Johnson’s The Goodness of God co-written and produced by We The Kingdom’s Ed Cash was recognised as Song of the Year despite being first released four years ago. Ellie Holcomb took out Children’s Recorded Song of the Year for Sounding Joy.

Pastor Greg Laurie’s Jesus Revolution was awarded Feature Film of the Year while The Chosen won Television Series of the Year for a second year in a row. The showrunners behind The Chosen voiced their support for Israel on the red carpet ahead of the awards.

“We’re a Jewish show. It’s that simple. We’re not a Christian show yet,” Chad Gundersen, one of the producers told The Christian Post. “There aren’t Christians yet until Christ has done what He was supposed to do. So right now, we’re a Jewish show. And honestly, we just stand with Israel right now. It’s that simple. And it’s heartbreaking to see what’s going on over there.”