I was listening to one of my favorite songs, when I ran across the story behind it. As an outreach pastor, it really touched my heart. So I thought I would share.
In an interview with Today's Christian Music, Christian recording artist Shane & Shane tells of the inspiration behind their popular song "Turn Down the Music":
"We heard a Holocaust story about a boy who was a part of a small Christian church on the route to a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. Train cars full of wailing Jewish people screaming for relief would stop right outside the church every Sunday. "Spray some water on us! Take my child! Mercy!" they would yell.
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We believe that everyone is important. The one thing that makes us special is the love of God within us. At our church, your past will never define your future. We don't believe that we're better than any other church. We are just doing our best to become our best. We want you to believe in God, but we also want you to know that God believes in you.
We have been changed. By the grace of God, we are no longer the sinners we used to be. While we may be ordinary, our Savior is anything but. He is hope for the hopeless, and a father to the fatherless. He is the King that loves His people more than his throne. He loved us when we were at our worst, and He loves you too, no matter where you are or what you have done.
Sharing the love of God is at the core of everything we do. We are striving to let our light shine before our community so that they can see Jesus in how we live our lives. Whether we are giving someone a cup of cold water, helping a neighbor with work around their house, or preaching the gospel in one of our worship services, our goal is lift up the name of the Lord and share his amazing love.