‘God Sent Us’: Pentatonix Members Want to ‘Infiltrate’ Culture For God
By Movieguide® Contributor
Pentatonix members Matt Sallee and Kevin Olusola want to use their platform to “infiltrate” and “be a light” in today’s culture.
“When you look at Daniel in the Bible, he goes into the culture, and he gets to infiltrate, but he also gets to stay true to the one true God,” Olusola explained. “I think for us, the goal is just to be a light in culture, and show people how beautiful and joyous and cool the Gospel is. I think there’s a lot of stigma around the Gospel; that ‘it’s just not for me,’ ‘it can’t be.’ But actually, Jesus invites every single person into a relationship.”
He added, “I use the word’ infiltration,’ but that’s kind of almost what it is. It’s just being in culture in a way where people say, ‘Oh, well, I didn’t know the Gospel could be that. I didn’t know that it can be relatable to my life, and whatever I’m going through.’”
“It’s all about trusting the Holy Spirit…and yourself just to know that God’s called you in your purpose,” Sallee said. “He’s called you here. We talk about this all the time: walk in your purpose, walk in what God has called you to do…lean on iron sharpening iron, lean on brothers and sisters, and really trust in God because His record is perfect. He’s been so good in my life.”
He continued, “Whether we’re in Madison Square Garden, whether we’re at a children’s hospital, God is everywhere, and He uses us, and He uses so many different people in different areas and arenas to just spread His love and because they choose to choose Him. It’s really cool, and I’m really passionate about it.”
“I feel like God sent us,” Olusola shared. “I did not decide to be in this industry. And so I feel like when I’m sent, then the only way I can do this is through being aligned to Christ because it wasn’t mine to begin with.”
He concluded, “If I do it for my own selfish means, then I have tainted the work that God has called me to do. My goal and my hope is to continuously be aligned to Jesus so that His will for what He sent me for is done.”
Olusola has previously spoken about the important role faith plays in his life.
“I was pre-med in college, and I thought I was going to be a doctor,” he told The Christian Post. “During my junior year of college, that’s when God called me to go into music. It was very clear. I got on my knees, my junior year of college in my dorm, and I said, ‘God, I know you’re calling me to this, you’re going to have to set the path for me because I have absolutely no idea how to get from medicine into music.’”
He continued, “From that prayer on, it was like a can of worms opened. I knew I couldn’t go back on my word and God set up this whole miraculous journey for me to be where I am today,” Olusola added. “The timing of all of it’s been uncanny. I couldn’t have set it up because I know it could have only been God Almighty.”
Sallee had a similar experience when he was in college, describing it as a “crisis of faith.”
“We were created for worship, and I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to worshiping the One who created me,” he explained. “Even when I thought I was distant, I couldn’t be too distant from Him. I love Him too much; I crave being in His presence.”