Why Culture Shock?
Joey, a college bound high school senior, was working out at the gym in preparation for his football tryout at the university. He moved onto stretching and sit-ups and instantly felt dizzy, his friends saw that he didn’t look so well and immediately took him to the ER. They called his mother and by the time she made it to the ER Joey had collapsed. Because all of the Operating Rooms were occupied, the ER staff rushed into action and began performing CPR. Everyone in the ER were on pins and needles, because they weren’t getting any responses from him. His mother then screamed “please help my son! I don’t care what you have to do just…SAVE HIM!!” At that moment, an O.R. became available, they rushed him into the room and retrieved the defibrillator.
The doctor yells “CLEAR!” …. SHOCK…. beeeeep «flatline» …. again, “CLEAR!”…… SHOCK….beeep «flatline» ”We have to try something different if we want to save him. Turn up the voltage and let’s try again,” he hopefully exclaimed, ”CLEAR!” …. SHOCK….(pause).. beep…beep “We’ve got a pulse!” The entire Operating room and his mother sighed a sigh of relief, because they brought young Joey back to life by using a defibrillator and although it felt like a lifetime it was just in a few hundred seconds.
Why did I make this story up? Because a comment was made on twitter yesterday that “the world doesn’t need to be shocked, it needs to be healed!”
Well, just as the defibrillator shocked young Joey in order for him to be healed, I pray that my album does that to the CULTURE. The culture of the world who does not know Jesus, needs Christians who have their voltage turned up to go into the world and SHOCK them by using unconventional and relatable methods to turn their hearts towards the redemptive power of Jesus. Also the culture of the CHURCH, needs to be SHOCKED. We have to go into the world and preach to the NATIONS! We cannot be satisfied with singing and preaching to each other in an effort to fraternize and get “oo’s and ahhh’s” from our co-laborers in the gospel. Nor can we be satisfied with just coming to church and saying “We’re an outreach church” but your church never goes out…. STOP WAITING ON THEM TO COME IN….LET’S GO GETTEM!! :)
As the Pharisees didn’t understand Jesus’ methods, you may not understand why I have the silver suit on or dare make christian music that an unbeliever won’t mind bumping, because it doesn’t sound “churchy”. Don’t allow yourselves to be stuck. In Matthew 23:16 Jesus called these Pharisees ‘blind guides’ meaning that the Pharisees were like guides that told people how to live. I know this is the road less traveled, but it is an assignment and I need the verbal and financial support of the body as I, like Peter, walk on water in obedience to Christ!! Be Blessed.
Mark 16:15 “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
*Jai’s new record label Outlet Music Group (OMG) will nationally release her debut album “Culture Shock” on August 2, 2011.
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