Dear Current and Recent Interns,
I hate to burst your bubble, but by and large, there is no “line.”* I know you’ve been told that you are joining the ranks of people who are committed to a life of integrity, honor and legalism. You’ve been told that you are free to confront us on any sin issue in our lives, even without knowing anything about us, just because we are members of “the line.” You are told that you can count on members of “the line” to help you in times of crisis.**
It’s a great motivational tool. I can see why the HA uses it. It sure makes you feel important and special. And it probably gives you incentive not to screw up, because you are feeling the pressure of everyone else watching you. Come to think of it, that’s probably one of the biggest reasons they sell you that line (ha, no pun intended!).
In fact, I dare Teen Mania to find 100 interns that have been out of the program for at least 10 years that still subscribe to their teachings. That would mean people that permanently left campus by the year 2000. That is probably a pool of at least 1,000 interns. So I am only asking for a measly 10%. I truly doubt they could even manage to scrape that many together.
While “the line” is crumbling year after year, the circle is growing. It’s a circle of people who are recovering from the judgment and shame that legalism brings. We encourage and accept each other no matter where we are on the journey. You might not be ready to join us yet, but chances are that you will eventually. We are slowly shedding our TM baggage so we can stand with open hands and open hearts basking in God’s love for us. And it feels good.
*In TM speak, “the line” is all the interns who have gone before that wear the honor ring and commit to a life of honor.
** Terms and Conditions Apply. Support does not apply to the following conditions: pornography, premarital sex, extended depression, suicidal thoughts, divorce, baby out of wedlock, homosexuality, being sexually abused, losing your “fire” or other “un-honorable” activities.