I’m not gonna lie..I’m not a fan of Tobymac. Well, I should say I wasn’t a fan of Tobymac. Sadly, I don’t have a really good reason except when DC Talk split, I found my allegiance to the group going to Michael Tate. Plus I am not sure I ever recovered from my disappointment that these 3 guys just couldn’t find a way to get along. “Jesus Freak” is still one of the greatest CD’s ever created in Christian music culture. No doubt about it.
So when I kept hearing people talk about the latest offering from Tobymac, I will admit I was a bit skeptical. While I really liked the song “Extreme Days”, I have not really connected with anything else he has done. Until now. Folks, if you haven’t heard the song “lose my soul”, you have got to stop reading, go to iTunes and download it NOW! Actually, you can finish reading this, then head over there, but either way, that song is a throwback to the old DC Talk days. The guest appearances of my man Kirk Franklin and Mandisa (from American Idol fame) round out this song perfectly. The lyrics are so strong, they could actually stand alone.
Matthew 16:26 says “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
I don’t know if Jesus could have stated it any clearer. As Toby says at the end of the song “Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world that fight for our love and our passion. As our eyes are opened wide and on you, grant us the privilege of your world view. And may your kingdom be what wakes us up and lays us down”
** Interestingly enough, Michael Tate also had a hit with a song called “Empty” which used the same verse as the chorus.