My name is Jason Janz. I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, and community activist. I live in downtown Denver and am passionate about seeking a great city for my family and my neighbors, but ultimately I want to see God’s name glorified through my life and work.
I love my city – Denver, Colorado. Having lived here for almost three decades, I love it with all of my heart. While our city has many wonderful attributes, it also has points of brokenness. Generational poverty, mass incarceration, and a too-full foster system are just some of our issues.
What does Man in Black mean? When I see the work that has to be done, the grieving that is commonplace to many in my neighborhood, and the pre-occupation with happiness in our culture, I feel it’s good to provide a voice for the hurting. I was inspired by Johnny Cash when he gave his reason for his dark attire – for the poor and beaten down. So, since January of 2012, I have worn black every day. The exceptions to my clothing billboard are Christmas and Easter. I believe these two days represent the hope we have in the darkness. Also, when I see significant strides being made, I might wear bright colors for a week to celebrate. My current goal is to see the 28 children awaiting adoption find a permanent home.
I started this blog to write about the things that interest me on this journey of seeking a great city. I trust we will see some bright days in the future.
Man In Black – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXRmJyIyJbM
Man In Black by Johnny Cash
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.
I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.
Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen’ that we all were on their side.
Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.
Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.