“Camouflage” was released in 2002 on the album Obvious by the Christian boy band Plus One.
The song’s intro “winds up” into a bit of an electronic sound with a rocky edge to it that’s fun to dance to.
(A couple of people have commented that the vocals have a bit of a Michael Jackson sound as well.)
In it, the speaker realizes that he is often afraid to share his faith and speak out about Jesus.
He often feels like his mouth is taped shut, or that a “tractor beam” is holding him back from stepping out boldly. He is tempted to try to blend in with the world, but doing so results in his acting against his convictions.
As a result, he is extremely frustrated – he does not want to force Jesus on anyone, but he also can no longer continue to hide his faith. He realizes that his faith is a powerful force that the world needs, and he is tired of being “camouflage.”
(Funny fact: For the longest time, I thought that the part of the song that says “What I’ve got invades the world” was “What if God nades the world.” I know, I know – it never made sense to me either. I was totally confused – it sounded like the speaker wanted to start evangelizing just in case God decided to nuclear bomb the planet. The real lyrics make a whole lot more sense!)
“Camouflage” has always been one of my favorite songs that I heard on the radio back in the early 2000s, and I am finally adding it in to my Rocking for Jesus playlist. So keep an ear out for it!
It gets an uncamouflaged 5 stars!
Sometimes it is not easy to live as Christians.
It can be uncomfortable to stand out and be different.
We might fear being mocked, made fun of, and criticized.
We might be afraid of coming across as judgmental.
We might be afraid of losing friends, relationships, business opportunities, etc.
But the world needs to see us walking out our faith. Does mean we should shove Jesus down people’s throats? Absolutely not!
It does mean that our lives should be a living example – a walking testimony – of Who Jesus is and of everything that He died and rose again to give us.
Jesus instructed His disciples not to hide their light, but to shine brightly:
14“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
(Matthew 5:14–16, New Living Translation [NLT])
Paul and Timothy repeat the instruction:
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
(Philippians 2:15b, NLT)
Granted, Jesus did not promise that everyone would embrace the light of Jesus shining through us – in fact, some will hate us as they did Jesus, because evildoers love darkness better than light (John 15:18, John 3:19).
Indeed, many are offended by the light, and others are completely blinded to it:
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:4, NLT)
As a result, it is critical for us as Christians not only to continue to allow Christ to shine brightly through us, but also to pray for God to open the eyes of unbelievers to the Truth. We need to pray for God to change the hearts of those who oppose the Truth and for them to be delivered from the devil’s bondage (2 Timothy 2:25–26).
The world needs Jesus. As we enter the October season, which tends to glorify fear, let us take a firm, bold stand against any fear that tries to keep us from living boldly for Jesus and shining His Light to the world.
This week’s Prayer Focus includes the original members of Plus One, along with their original manager and all of their families:
Mitchell Solarek (Band manager)
Please pray for these bands and individuals as God leads you.
(I also have a basic guideline here if you wish to refer to it.)
In addition to praying for the weekly Prayer Focus, please pray for God to guide me and give me wisdom as I make decisions for the radio station and for the website. I really appreciate your prayer support!
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What do you think of the song “Camouflage”? Do you ever struggle with living your faith without fear of criticism? Let me know!
Unfortunately, I am currently unable to locate digital downloads for purchase for both “Camouflage” and the Obvious album (though ChristianBook.com does have some of Plus One’s other music available for download).
It is available on several streaming services, however.
Physical copies of the album may also be available worldwide from your favorite online music store, at your local bookstore or thrift shop, or through your favorite online marketplace.
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Signing off until next week –
Rocking for Jesus with you!