Standing on "The Power of One"

Award-winning Christian music artist and Lakewood Church worship leader Israel Houghton talks to Beliefnet about his latest album, "The Power of One."

BY: Interview by Nicole S. Symmonds


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So whereas your previous albums were talking about what's going with the church and the individual’s Christian experience, would you say you are talking about what we should do outside of the church walls on this album?

I think for years I have thought the church is the building and God shows up in there on Sundays and then we all drive away and we sort to feel home sick because we just left God in the big church box. And that couldn't be any further from reality. The reality is, we are the church. We are a house of living stones. So the church is living, breathing, active people in the earth and if we were called to be the hands and feet of Jesus that doesn't mean we were only called to rescue those and help those who make it inside the four walls of the building.

You know it's insane to think that's church and I have been saying a few phrases for a long time. One, I am tired of doing church, I want to be the church now and the other thing is I am truly tired of salting the salt and lighting the light. You know, we got enough salt in here and we got enough light in here, let's get it out where it's needed.

What are the last words you’d like to leave us with concerning “The Power of One.”

I remember in ‘95 really writing out what I thought the 10 years would look like for me and then I realized everything that seemed like a crazy unreachable goal had been met and had been reached in that amount of time.  I feel like this record is more than a record but it is the convergence of all of these things that are a part of the core value of who I am and what I am trying to communicate.

Regardless of color, regardless of age, regardless of denomination, there is this sound and at the heart of it all is love. Love for God, loving ourselves, and loving each other. If we could just start loving one another and finding the good in people and maybe that's where the "Power of One" revolution starts. Where we just see good in everybody and everything. There are obvious evils, there are obvious challenges in life, but love conquers all of that and either that's just a cliché or it's real and I choose to believe that it's real.

So beyond the music--although I pray that everybody reading gets a copy of the record and takes it in--we hope that the prayer behind what we were saying connects with everybody.

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