(un)Wholesome invasion

25,000 evangelical Christian teens invaded San Francisco last weekend to take a stand against the evils of pop culture.  Has pop culture become more wholesome and pure as a result?  Have they all deleted their myspace.com accounts, disconnected from the Net, and stopped watching T.V.?  I think I know the answer to that one.

What I find amusing is that Christians can’t seem to congregate in large numbers without a military theme.  The event was called “Battle Cry for a Generation” and there was a lot of talk about how they were fighting a war against pop culture terrorism and other peepeecaca.  Why does everything have to be war and battle and end-times apocalypse with these people?  Whatever happened to service, humility, worship, and compassion?   Maybe it was in there somewhere, buried under all the fiery speeches and roaring crowds and loud music.  Oh, and some “waved triangular red flags flown from long, medieval-looking poles.”  This whole thing is very scary to me, and the people of S.F. sounded pretty freaked out about it too. The power of persuasion is very strong in that kind of setting, especially with thousands of impressionable teens as the audience.  Cre-e-e-e-py.

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  1. San Fran?
    Seems like another agenda was underlying?
    Leave people alone, your points are not wanted and not heard, we’re individuals, we make our own choices. Do something good with your 25k strong crowds, build some houses or something, collect food, help the homeless… I respect the Christians that actually do something good for the world by helping people.
    I’m a devote HUMAN!

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  2. at the risk of sounding christian, i think that there is a problem arising out of pop-culture. or i should say the blood thirst profiteers of media conglomeration. there is something out of control about it.
    getting a bunch of impressionable teens together preaching a holier than thou group-think message seems a bit like dousing a bonfire with napalm.
    teenagers are impressionable. they are tryin desperately to find an identity that gives them a sense of happiness. in the short term of teenage-hood being part of the greater group certainly gives that impression, but telling them “ya’ll should think THAT way, ya’ll should think THIS way” doesn’t do any good. it’s called pop-culture because its pop-ular not because it’s sudden and fizzy.
    but reverand hoozee-wazzit isn’t really interested in giving these kids strong, stable and satisfying senses of self. he is raiding a herd of followers who will believe what he wants to believe into their adulthood and raise another herd in the same mind set.
    kind of sickening really

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  3. You might find this article interesting. It’s in Sojourner’s Magazine, a magazine for progressive Christians. I read it sometimes, although I’m not a Christian. I find their views to be a lot more in-line with mine and it makes me hate Christians less.

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  4. As long as we put up with people’s superstitious gullibility by calling it “religion” people think they have a right to act like this. There’s no excuse for it, and as long as I’m in the minority on this issue you can expect more of the same and worse. Stop excusing their ignorance in the name of superstition, er….religion, err… total crapola. Laugh them out of town and shame them into silence. Dignifying their intellectual shallowness by giving them serious media coverage is disgraceful.

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  5. I just wonder how many of those Christians met other Christians and ‘scored’! It used to happen at the church I went to when I was younger. Yeah, and I got MY turn with him, too!

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