Some of you might know that I’m a DJ. I’m also a follower of Jesus. I like to mix those things. DJs tend to be good at mixing things (see what I did there?). Mixing those two things means that I have a vested interest in the Christian Dance Music community. I love the fact that in the last few years the quality of the DJs and music being produced has gone through the roof. So many good record labels putting out a lot of good tunes. Above All, Deeplife, Deepsink, MK837, Fuzion Four, God’s DJs, Heaven Sound, and Royalty to name a few, are all puting out really quality tunes. I love the fact that it’s a truly international movement. Not only do we cover the USA; coming out of Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Denver, Washington, Florida, Cali, and Virginia but our community represents the world including Brasil, Canada, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, and more. God is truly raising a global generation to make a new noise to lift His name high. We are putting God in every genre of electronic dance music. House, electro, trance, progressive, breaks, d&b, tech, deep house and even dubstep is feeling the love! There is no EDM fan that we don’t have the capability of reaching.
But despite all of these beautiful things I LOVE about Christian Dance Music, there is one thing that I see that’s really disturbing to me. Our community is fractured. We have separated ourselves and formed factions. You have to pick a team to play on and you will play their events and release on their label and that’s it. In a sense, it is quickly becoming everything I dislike about the Church: divided for no reason other than just disagreements between people. This
includes everyone. No one is excluded from this. I’m not playing favorites; God just laid this on my heart and I’m sharing it.
I see these little spats and tiffs come up about this-and-that and then people never talk to each other again. We are supposed to be a united front. We are supposed to be recognized as THE Christian Dance Music community, not a bunch of completely separate, ambiguous units. It’s become brother against brother. The body of Christ at odds against the body of Christ. In Mark 3:25, Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand (and I know a little something about House Divided). The body of Christ can’t be against itself and expect to still be effective, that’s crazy.
I see myself as neutral. I am just an outsider looking in. But, I can tell you, as someone who loves this music, this community, and the people that make it what it is: if we keep going at this rate, our mission of reaching the lost and showing the Church that EDM is viable worship will fall completely flat.
We’ve got to get it together.
I know that we’re still fledgling and we have a long way to go before we reach our goals, but that should be all the more reason to band together, isn’t it? If we really are one body of believers, the whole body benefits at the success of an individual part. I’m just going to say it: If God’s DJs is successful, we all win. If Tastyfresh.com is successful, we all win. If Deeplife Records is successful, we all win. If FSOW, or Cornerstone, or Lifelight, or any event is successful, we all win… and do you know why we all win? BECAUSE JESUS WINS!
So why are we trying to keep each other from being successful?
I want to remind everyone of WHY we do WHAT we do – exactly what it is that makes us different.
Imagine taking the trip down to Miami for UMF. Hundreds of thousands of people are jumping to the music, hands in the air, enjoying great music in unity. WE, being Christian DJs, have the unique opportunity to have those people jumping, hands in the air, worshiping Jesus, in unity; praising Him with something totally new. Without Jesus, we are just a few more added to the thousands of random DJs on the internet begging for attention to feel relevant. What makes us different from all those guys is that they say, “Look at me!” We say, “Look at Him!”. Why in the world would we ever try to separate ourselves from the chance to stand side-by-side and take that stand with our brothers?
Look, I’m not saying all this expecting that everyone merge their websites, facebook pages, record labels, and events and sing Kumbaya while holding hands, but if we’re ever going to get anywhere as effective for the Kingdom of God that we hope to be, we need to come across the table, squash our beef and really get into koinonia: a real spiritual community. THAT is how we reach the lost, THAT is how we spread EDM as worship.
I said all that to say this: I love Christian Dance Music too much to see it go through all this drama. I KNOW that God has a big plan for every single DJ and producer reading this and for this community as a whole. Together, we can literally change the way that people worship God and help lead people down the path our Father has laid out for them. Enough with the trash talk and drama, we’ve got work to do.
I love all of you guys and I seriously want God to bless you.