Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Idiot Christians

First of all I hear about James Dobson or some clown from the Religious Right in America sprouting off about SpongeBob Squarepants should be banned cos he's a gay icon or something, and then this.

I was talking to my friend who just recently went on YWAM, she had a really positive experience apart from this one day.

They were down at the beach painting kids faces and hanging out with the locals, great mission stuff i have no problem with. There was also a band invited along to play, who none of them knew. Things were all going fine until the dude with the microphone started preaching at everybody. Appaprently he was just walking up to families, interrupting their lunch and asking them if they wanted to be saved. He was then literally following people around with the microphone, trying to harass them into following Jesus.

I HATE that approach to mission! Its shits me up the wall like you wouldn't believe! Its just so demeaning, so intrusive, rude and just so wrong in so many ways that I cn't even think of words for. It gives Christians a bad name, and just reinforces the stereotypes I try and break down.

I was so proud of her for walking away in disgust and letting the rest of the team know-that no doubt took a lot of courage-good stuff tiger.

Apparently they explained to the dude that wasn't on, and he apologised, but went out walking the streets of Frankston the next day witha dude dressed as Jesus, just preaching at people.

It honestly makes me ashamed to call myself a Christian sometimes.


Roo said...

was the band attached to YWAM? I have had issues with YWAM people showing up late, and just doing what they like, giving those of us who have to stay their in the community a bad name by their behaviour. They can really stuff things up in schools, we need to be very careful sometimes....

Anonymous said...

Found this on another Blog:-

"Question: Why is Dr. Dobson objecting to the distribution of a video featuring such popular children's characters as SpongeBob SquarePants?

Answer: From the outset, let's be clear that this issue is not about objections to any specific cartoon characters. Instead, Dr. Dobson is concerned that these popular animated personalities are being exploited by an organization that's determined to promote the acceptance of homosexuality among our nation's youth.

The statement continues on to make it absolutely clear that Dobson disagrees only with the agenda of those exploiting the cartoon characters for their own ends. Whether or not you agree with Dobson here is beside the point; this is a legitimate position, nowhere near as ridiculous as that of protesting SpongeBob as a symbol of homosexuality."

Just shows how easily what people say can be misinterpreted!!

Christop said...

Yeah, we had a similar problem in Warrnambool this summer. One of the bands we got wouldn't stop abusing their mic in order to preach at everyone, and all of their lyrics were written in Churchspeak.
The thing is, one of the town's youth groups had turned up for the night, and their leaders were offeded by the genre of the music they were playing, and thought they should've been doing more preaching.

Digger said...

Na they weren't part of YWAM, just a band that somebody kned and had asked to play. So no hard feelings to the YWAM crew for that, I wouldn't do things the way they do, but this wasn't their bad.

In terms of the Dobson thing, no dramas, I stand corrected on that. Thanks for pointing that out.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will ever make real sense as long as you force yourself to believe in nonsense.

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