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Matthew West's song tells unborn's 'Untold' story

My recent interview with contemporary Christian recording artist Matthew West included a discussion about his song "Untold," which offers the perspective of an unborn child. The video for the song is included here and it's pretty touching. West is performing as part of "The Bible Tour" on Wednesday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. Read on to see what West had to say about the song and the outreach materials that have been created for it.

Q: I want to ask you about “Untold” because it is another song that has really resonated with people and it seems to deal with the touchy topic of abortion. You sing the song from the perspective of an unborn child. I was reading a Christian Post article that described it as ‘gentle encouragement to help save unborn babies.’ How did this song come about?

A: We know that’s a very controversial topic.  Sometimes as musicians I think we shy away from controversial topics. I know that I’m always trying to write about real life no matter how difficult the topic might be. I did a concert at a crisis pregnancy center in Dallas, Texas. To thank me for singing at their fundraiser, they sent me a thank you letter and at the very end, it said we thank you for using your gift of storytelling. We pray that someday you might feel it on your heart to tell the story of the unborn child. That sentence resonated with me and that’s how the song “Untold” was born. It’s a song that can have an impact. What we did is we built some really powerful devotional materials around it filled with true life testimonies of different people’s stories of choosing life or dealing with the aftermath of going a different route, plus different adoption stories. It picked up a lot of press attention and of course, there’s going to be people who criticized me for trying to step into the political realm with a message like that but it’s really not that at all. I think a lot of times, too many times, people of faith, people who call themselves Christians, are really pushed in a corner when it comes to being able to stand up for what they believe. Even for a singer like me, I’ve posted messages of being pro-life and I’m unashamedly pro-life and people say 'Oh, you're just a conservative male telling women what to do with their bodies or whatever. That’s just part of the world we live in. In an age of tolerance, those that stand up for what they believe in who are Christians are not really tolerated often. That shouldn’t make us afraid to address some of the difficult topics in our music. My hope is that if even one person heard that song “Untold” and it made them think twice about the choice they were about to make, that’s the power, not of music, but the power of how God can speak through something as little as a three-minute song to make a difference in someone’s life and perhaps even save a life.

 

Q: So the song hasn’t been on the radio?

A: You only get to put so many songs on the radio so that song was just like a bonus song on my record on iTunes. But we actually built an entire website around the song called iamuntold.org. On that website, you can watch the (“Untold”) video, you can read people’s stories. It’s really cool. And that’s kind of where my ministry is heading. It’s not just about putting a song out into the world, we want to release a song that is accompanied by an army of inspirational and devotional resources so that it’s real-life application. It’s not unlike when you go to church and you hear your pastor preach. If you just sat there and listened to him talk and never applied it, what good would it do? It might be 15 minutes of positive thoughts and then you move on with your life. The same goes with a three-minute song on the radio. What if you could dive deeper into the message of “Grace Wins” or “Untold” or any of these other songs? Really, our goal is to create some real-life application tools to go with the message of the song just like you would a sermon from a church or a podcast.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

 

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