Love and connection while being within the “new normal” already looks very different. Love and connection used to be extremely exclusive whether we want to admit it or not. We used to have the luxury of closing ourselves off away from anyone or anything that made us the slightest bit uncomfortable, or against anyone we deemed didn’t belong in our circle. Be it professional, ministerial, or recreational, many of us have come to be quite territorial an exclusive. Now I’m not talking about when we allow the discernment of The Holy Spirit to lead us away from someone or something that means us harm. I’m talking about our own form of elitism. A practice of showing partiality although our God is not one who engages in such a practice.
As a matter of fact the Apostle Paul who has been credited with authorship of thirteen out of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament has told Timothy in 1Timothy 5:21 to do nothing in a spirit of partiality. James went as far as to paint a picture of what partiality looks like within our churches in James 2:1-13. Peter also discussed what he has learned about God’s heart toward partiality in Acts 10:34 when he said, “Most certainly I understand now that God is not one to show partiality”. There’s more however, for the sake of time I’ll stop there because I’m sure we get the point, and thanks to “the new normal”, love and connection is moving from the hurtful zones of exclusivity and partiality and into the space we are all welcomed in.
One of the things that began happening early on during our quarantine is people started asking the question, “What are y’all listening to?” I stumbled across everyday people asking this question as well as those who are famous in both ministerial and secular circles like Dr. Dharius Daniels and Lecrae. While I never answered the question publicly I began to contemplate it and the honest answer from me was, “Whatever DNice is playing at Club Quarantine.”
Now I know some folks are saying, wait a minute preacher he is not a Christian DJ, and therefore I don’t think that’s Holy Music he’s playing, and you would be right in your assessment. There are many things that have proven to be wonderful about this virtual club, (Club Quarantine), at least for me and tens of thousands of others yet being a Christian DJ with Holy music isn’t one of them. The music that DJ DNice, is spinning is healing in a way that is both spiritual and emotional. This is the music of the late seventies, early eighties, nineties, and beyond, where Soul, R&B, Funk, Disco and Old School Hip Hop, all existed simultaneously! Music was filled with fun, excitement, activism, and love!
This is the music of a generation and the DJ who was there learning, loving, and growing, with the rest of us, and he’s the one still sharing it. This music that was a part of so many happy care free times growing up, was not only being shared but it was being shared in as safe space. That’s right, without ever leaving the comfort and safety of our homes on any given night, tens of thousands of people are all reminiscing, dancing, commenting, and having a great time together. God used what many of us would argue was a beautiful time in our lives to bring a sense of comfort to a generation of folks who are called to be all of who God has intended them to be for such a time as this.
As it pertains to American history those born in the seventies were the first generation of African Americans to be born with all of their civil rights in tact. We were the first generation to be born fully free even though it was only on paper. Now we have emerged to be creative, industrious, innovative, and thanks to our parents and grandparents we’ve been taught that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Most of tend to stop right there, but the scripture that this phrase is apart of continues with but of power and of love, and of a sound mind. This healing of the heart that God distributed to those who joined the instagram live of DNice the DJ and host of Club Quarantine, through the music of our shared past re-established that sound mind. We were able to take our power back and spread love to one another. Through that healing many of us are inspiring each other, checking up on each other, and being more connected then we ever were prior to the quarantine.
I have always contended even before it became popular that this quarantine was an opportunity for us to reset. It was as if God was pushing the reset button for the entire world. It was time for us to get back to the basics. Return to our first love if you will. Remember who we were and whose we were, for those of us who have seemed to have forgotten. It was time for us to remember that God cares about people, not things, not prestige, not money, ____people. By us being forced into social distancing and self quarantine we have begun to focus on what’s important to God, other people. When Christ came into the world to live out the human experience, He did just that. While He was, He is, and He will forever be The God Man, fully human and fully divine there was only three years in which He practiced ministry. The other thirty years were spent with Him developing His relationships with other human beings. The Bible tells us in Luke 2:52 that Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men. This favor with men is impossible to obtain if you never spend time with men. God in God’s infinite wisdom knew in order for Christ to save His people He needed to be a people person. You can not be a people person and not be among your people. Be a part of your generation. Be in tune with those who you share the earth with.
For all of those who are now writing me off as a heretic and quoting the scriptures in an effort to denounce what I just said like: 1John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. This is true but the deeper principal that’s left out on this scriptures surface is it’s talking about the sin that opposes the things of God and would seek to lead us away from our foundational beliefs in Christ. That is not what DJ DNice and his Club Quarantine has sought to do. Every opportunity I have had to be in attendance has been nothing but a good time. There has been laughter, excitement, and joy brought into the lives of many through Old School music, of the eighties, nineties, and beyond. During the time spent in Club Quarantine, no one is worrying about the things they have no control over. We are all trying to stay safe and joining with others who are in the same predicament as us.
We have a place to meet with folks we know and those we don’t. With celebrities, public figures, and everyday people. All equal, and all dealing with the same era in time which is unprecedented, yet as people we have found a way to do what we’ve always done. Smile, laugh, love, and experience the joy of dancing to some great music with other human beings. The icing on the cake is it’s all being orchestrated by the man who coined the phrase, “I’m taking out you suckers and you don’t know how I did it.” In my book, DNice was used by God to take out the suckers of negativity named isolation, fear, worry, loneliness, and depression. How he did it, was by using his God given gift of discernment and talent for djing, to bring the joy of the four M’s Dr. F. Faison from Lincoln University speaks of (messaging, music, media, and movement), into the lives of anyone who joins his IG Live. The cost is free and the reward is plenty.
What am I listening to? Anything DJ DNice is playing at Club Quarantine, It has helped me experience love and connection with my generation once again….