Jesus is the answer for the world today
Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way -Andrae Crouch
Out of the ashes of the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s and the Vietnam conflict of the same era came the song of a healer. Someone who would bridge black and white with the healing touch of new music based on the unifying force of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a soldier of another kind who fought the battles of spiritual warfare, and the physical battles of cancer and dyslexia, until he finally expired into the arms of his Savior yesterday at the age of 72. Andrae Crouch, a soldier who brought his music to the world at the same time Tim was fighting an enemy he couldn’t see, has fallen, and today we, along with many, celebrate his life and his many gifts to us.
When you think that the political and social unrest of the ‘60s was in full force when Andrae Crouch first showed up on the scene (Andrae Crouch and the Disciples were formed in 1965) you realize how timely was this: God’s gift to the world. The same year Tim lost his whole platoon in Vietnam, Andrae recorded his first album, “Take the Message Everywhere.” This was no coincidence. While it seemed like the world was falling apart, God was telling us, through Andrae, that He was still here and still in control.
Andrae sang gospel. He sang about Jesus and what He had done for us on the cross. He sang of nothing else. He sang about how “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” how “Jesus is the Answer” for the current problems of the world, how that “Through It All” he learned to trust in Jesus, and how he was going to see the King “Soon and Very Soon.” Andrae helped start the Jesus Movement and kept on singing about Jesus right up until his passing yesterday. He kept us on track.
Through it all, Andrae wants to keep on singin’, and we are sure that’s what he is doing right now.
Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best. – Sandra Crouch