WYWS stands for “While You Were Sleeping,” written out of my anguish over gang/gun violence in Chicago. In the age of “Woke” there are many who are still asleep. The song addresses two camps: the gang member enthralled in Chicago violence, asleep to his own mortality and eternal destination that one day he will have to face God to whom He has to give an account too. The other camp is the church: God’s revelation of Christ to a dying world by way of gospel proclamation. However when there is little to no gospel proclamation, there will be no disciples to make. In most of the gang infested neighborhoods of Chicago there are churches on every corner, and while some churches have made efforts to reach the gang communities with the gospel, unfortunately not enough.

The church is asleep, forgetting about the dying world around them and this song is a loving challenge to both sides, but namely the church to be Christ witnesses which was His last command.

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Ephesians 5:13-14
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”