Friday, October 02, 2009
Idiots, Damned Idiots and Youth Ministry
Before I begin my little rant, let me thank Phil Johnson for the heads up on the item linked below. He first posted it over on Facebook, where it is drawing quite a bit of comment, most of it deservedly negative. As he rightly put it, is there no depth to which some churches will not sink?
For the title of this post, I appropriated and modified the famous statement attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. When you see this report about a church's youth ministry, I'm sure you'll see why I used the title.
I have seen stuff like this before, although not to this level. It's not even necessarily a new phenomenon. More than 20 years ago at one church I used to attend, the youth leader had activities that involved "the worst smelling sock" contest. I didn't like it then as a young man, and I don't like it now. I especially don't like what many "youth ministries" have degenerated into.
I would strongly urge parents to look closely into what's going on in their children's youth groups. At best, I'd say someone needs to be retrained in youth ministry. At worst, I'd say someone needs to be canned. This is not glorifying to Christ. In my humble opinion, it borders on child abuse, even though I'm sure lots of kids were cheering and egging it on.
As for those who supposedly came to faith during this episode, let's check and see where they are in 10 years. I'll be real curious.