It was around 1998 when I first encountered a Disc Jockey and I was impressed! The ability to execute a set mixing different songs, different rhythms and beats while making it all sound as if it were one single song! Impressive!
Ever since then, I was intrigued about the art of a DJ. What is a DJ? As per good ol' wikipedia, a DJ is a person who plays recorded music for an audience. Fair enough right? So I went and learned how to DJ alongside some of my friends and it was fun, it was entertaining and we were able to "turn up" whenever we wanted because we had the ability to set the mood and atmosphere of a party and/or audience -- as long as the CD didn't skip! #IYKYK
I went to my pastor and had this conversation with him. About how God showed me Moses, the Red Sea, what do you have in your hand?, the staff in Moses' hand. I felt in my heart God was calling me to become a Christian DJ, yet I had no idea where to start. So we talked, we brainstormed new DJ names as my secular DJ name was perverse. Finally, after days of brainstorming, I called him and said "what about DJ 360?". My pastor replies, "well not bad, only that 360 degrees brings you back to the same place. What I believe you are trying to say is DJ 180, right?" I said, YES! 180! That's it! And in 2009, DJ 180 was born! 180 degrees from the world into the Kingdom of God. I turned my back to the world, I turned my back to the old me, I turned my back to the secular realm and although I am in this world, I do not belong to it! I now belong to Christ!
So you see, a Christian DJ (in my opinion), is not someone who plays hymns through turntables or modern decks. It's not someone who lives an intentionally sinful life and plays Christian music at events for compensation only. A Christian DJ is someone who has been called by God, gifted by God and anointed by God with the purpose of enlarging His kingdom and provide a service outside of the four walls of the church -- although often times inside as well! It is someone who is a Christian, fears God, loves people and wants to serve God through the talent and gift God has deposited in that person. Let me try all that in one sentence...
In conclusion, (my high school teacher would be proud of me for still using this phrase), after much consideration, much thought, much analysis and self-examining, I believe that a Christian DJ is someone who was set aside by God for specific calling -- to enlarge His kingdom through music!
Stay blessed, ya'll!!