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In the Spotlight with Zoro

Voted best drummer, Zorro is a marketplace evangelist who shares the love of Christ with celebrities and church youth groups around the world.


Throughout his illustrious career, Zoro has collaborated with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Sean Lennon, Jody Watley and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He was voted the "#1 R&B Drummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine reader's poll several years running. Rhythm and Drum! Magazine also named him "Best Funk Drummer." But to Zoro, it's all about the mission—the mission field that is.

AH: How did you become a Christian?

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ZORO: Through my mother; my mother shared her faith with me as a young child. As far back as I can remember I always felt like the presence of God was on me since I was a little boy. So I think God just set me apart. He predestined me from an early, early age. Even before I remember people telling me about the Lord I felt God's presence.

AH: How do you live out your faith in the world of pop music when you are surrounded by so many non-believers?

ZORO: I do just as Jesus asked me to do—to be in the world but not of the world. To let my light shine in the darkness. And I conduct myself the same way Jesus would have … He came to save the unrighteous. He didn't come for the righteous. They already were following God … It's not hard for me to do because none of that stuff … none of the "world" stuff interests me. I love playing music but when I'm playing music I'm worshipping God. I just walk with faith very proudly and non-apologetically. But one of the keys to being effective is that I don't walk around self-righteous and pious and religious. People feel God's love from me and they feel my genuine faith. They don't feel judgment from me. And when God opens up an opportunity, then I share His love with people. I think the biggest thing that turns off people globally about Christianity is self-righteous, pious people. Those are the people who crucified Christ.

AH: I understand that you also have a speaking ministry beyond your music.

ZORO: My ministry is wherever I go. I'm constantly ministering to people on a one to one basis as the Lord leads me. But aside from that … I preach at churches anywhere in the world. I speak to youth and motivate them and young adults and even entire congregations of 5,000 people … I used to preach simultaneously while I was on the road on tours. It wouldn't be uncommon for me to have a concert at 9:00 and be preaching at a church at 6:00 that evening.

AH: How does your faith impact your family life?

ZORO: The biggest place that my ministry exists is in my personal family. I minister to my four-year-old and my seven-year-old and my wife … That's my first ministry and my most important one, because I feel like so many people have ministries, but their personal lives are not reflective of what God would want. So I say, you know, it all begins in my own home first … people are so busy trying to change the rest of the world, but you really change the world by changing your own immediate family. I'm raising two powerful little kids who are going to be very effective in their life in changing the world—because for them it will be real.

AH: What has God been teaching you lately?

ZORO: So many unbelievable things. But I think the most important thing He has been teaching me lately is to do away with all forms of pride and walk completely in love. I'm not a prideful person in general, but pride is something that can creep up in any situation. Jesus walked in total humility and that's why He was effective in every area of His ministry … The great enemy of our soul is pride … it keeps families apart, it keeps reconciliation from ever happening … it destroys everything. Another area that God is really teaching me is to just believe Him. Most people talk about the Lord and most people know a lot about the Bible but there are not too many people who just fully believe Him and really trust Him … I'm wanting to completely go to sleep at night without a single worry or care or concern and just give it back to Him and leave it at the throne. God is really tenderizing me … He's willing to tenderize everybody but I've gotten to a point of just willingness—I want to see the power of God move in my life. And it is moving rapidly.

AH: It sounds like you are really making a concentrated effort to put God first in your life.

ZORO: I'm trying. I'm trying to fight the good fight, I can tell you that. I'm just totally a man after God's own heart trying to please the Lord in everything that I do and trying to be used in everything that I do and my biggest prayer every day is "Lord, show me how you want me to be used today. Bring along the pipeline divine appointments; whoever I need to be ministering to or whoever needs to minister to me."

AH: You're open and you trust Him. Do you think that's the key?

ZORO: That's exactly it. I'm totally open, I want to be used and I just believe that whatever He's got me doing is going to yield divine fruit for eternal purposes. I'm willing to do it and that's what I'm made for. That's what I was designed for.

Amy Hammond Hagberg is a frequent contributor to Christian publications around the world. Her first book, How Do You Know He's Real: Celebrity Reflections on True Life Experiences with God was released by Destiny Image Publishers in April 2006. The first in a planned three-book series, it is a collection of testimonies from well-known athletes, musicians and actors on how they know Christ is real. Her website is: http://www.hesreal.com/.

Originally published in an abridged version on the website, www.christianeducation.ca, 2006.

 

 
 
 
 

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