Toby Mac’s Music – Got an ‘Eye on It’?

I recently saw that Christian singer “Toby Mac” has released a single that has made it all the way to the #1 spot in the secular charts with the song “Eye On It”.  Naturally, that made me curious as to what a Christian singer might be singing about that would resonate so well with the lost.  After all, Scripture tells us that we will be persecuted for our faith, that all men will hate us and revile us.  We are told that those in the dark can’t comprehend the light and that we will be hated by the world in the same way the world hated Christ first.  So knowing these things, I couldn’t imagine how a singer might glorify God, sing praises of His power and deeds and at the same time strike a common chord with the lost.

So I looked up the lyrics and (*sigh*) found out why the song is so popular.  It doesn’t glorify God.  In fact, it doesn’t even mention Him using the simple words “God” or “Lord”, let alone naming the name that is an offense (that Being the name of Jesus).  The song is all about me.  I am trying hard, I am pushing forward, I am determined and I have my eye on the prize.  I assume that the lyrics are some distant reference to Philippians 3 where (ironically) after clearly teaching that striving for obedience doesn’t save, the Holy Spirit uses Paul’s pen  to encourage Christians to strive against sin because Jesus Christ has purchased us with His blood.  I would think that the free gift of salvation through the sacrifice of God incarnate would at least get an honorable mention.  But, then again, I suppose if the song detailed the work Christ did rather than the work we are doing (or in other words, gave the glory to Jesus rather than self) it wouldn’t have made the secular charts at all, let alone the number one slot.  As so many times before, after taking a peek into contemporary Christian music, I am walking away dismayed.


Read full lyrics of “Eye On It” HERE

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8 Comments on “Toby Mac’s Music – Got an ‘Eye on It’?”

  1. Cam Says:

    Its sad that this song doesn’t glorify God but we can’t just say that all contemporary Christian music is bad. Lets see… Tenth Avenue North, Royal Tailor, Britt Nicole, and Brandon Heath glorify God with their lyrics…so not all contemporary Christian music can be categorized under not Christian.


    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hi Cam,
      I will probably sound really out-of-touch, but I must admit I have never heard of any of the groups you mentioned. Every time I turn on Christian radio, the songs are either empty with little to no meaning or they focus on the deeds, efforts and feelings (lots of these) of people. I am sure you are probably correct that there are some songs out there that glorify God, but they must be few and far between. I would be greatly pleased if the content of modern songs reflected the content of the songs that our Lord wrote (Psalms), that being rich with theological truth and details of God’s glory.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!


  2. Delwyn Xavier Campbell Says:

    Hey, what happened to my comment? A brothah isn’t allowed to have an opinion around here? I guess you really DON’T like the Clark Sisters!


    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hey Delwyn,
      I hope I didn’t accidentally delete anything, but I don’t see any other comments from you on this thread. Of course, with my technical expertise, there is no telling what blunders I may cause on a daily basis! Who are the Clark Sisters?


      • Delwyn Xavier Campbell Says:

        The Clark Sisters are an American gospel vocal group consisting of four sisters:Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Karen Clark Sheard. A fifth sister, Denise Clark Bradford, no longer performs with the group. The Clark Sisters are the daughters of legendary gospel musician and choral director Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Clark is credited for creating the three-part harmony (separating vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor), a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today.
        They are credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream and are considered as pioneers of contemporary gospel. Their biggest crossover hits include: “Is My Living in Vain?” “Hallelujah,” “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose,” “Endow Me,” their hit song “Jesus Is A Love Song,” “Pure Gold,” “Expect a Miracle,”and their largest mainstream crossover gold certified, “You Brought the Sunshine.” Some of the Clark Sister’s greatest classics dominated Billboard’s R & B and gospel charts during the ’70s and ’80s. Their albums have sold millions, paving the way for newcomers in gospel to continue to take gospel mainstream such as Detroit’s own The Winans Family, including Be Be & Ce Ce Winans, Commissioned, Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Mary Mary, and many more contemporary gospel artists. The Clark Sisters have won two Grammy Awards. With 16 albums to their credit and millions-upon-millions in sales, the Clark Sisters are the largest selling female gospel group in the history of gospel music.


  3. ingrid lindmark Says:

    I am very disapointed in contempory Christian music and have been for a long time.
    How can you be a Christian singer and not include God or Jesus Christ.


  4. discerningMusic Says:

    Reblogged this on DiscerningMusic and commented:
    “As so many times before, after taking a peek into contemporary Christian music, I am walking away dismayed.”

    Yes, me too.


  5. The Master's Slave Says:

    Reblogged this on The Master's Slave.


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