As we discussed last time, Teen Mania heavily promotes an us vs. them mentality. Instead of fostering love, grace and compassion, followers of this message wrongfully believe that being obnoxious = being a good Christian.
Case in point, this story held up by Ron Luce as a model of Christian living at last weekend’s Battlecry:
A member of the youth group went into a Victoria Secret store and confronted the manager. “Don’t you care about our generation?” he asked. “How can you put that picture in the window? You’re messing up my image of a woman!”
The manager kicked that person out of the store and another person from the youth group would go in and complain. This went on 31 times with each of the members going into the store, requesting the manager and complaining. Finally, all 31 people went in at the same time and complained in front of all the customers. The store grew silent as the customers and youth group watched the store manager fearfully take down the photos one by one.“You guys are good at ruffling people’s feathers,” said Luce, whose youth organization is one of the nation’s largest. “So instead of ruffling your parents why don’t you use it for God?” he asked, drawing laughter from the audience.
1) Exactly how did this youth group’s actions bring anyone closer to Jesus?
2) Ron said that the “youth group watched the store manager fearfully take down the photos one by one.” Since when is fear and intimidation a godly tactic for conversion??
If you want to “ruffle feathers for God,” take your cues from the life of Jesus. The only people whose feathers he ruffled were the respected religious leaders of his day…He loved on the sinners, the outcasts, etc. He didn’t walk into their stores and demand they change their way of doing business.
Sheesh. How much longer is crap like this going to be celebrated as the Christian message? I just don’t get it.