Christian teens all around Charlotte are talking about Relient K’s appearance this week-end at Amos South End. I decided to do a little research on the “event” to learn a bit more about it.
There is a trend in the “Christian” “entertainment” industry to “connect” Christian groups with the unsaved world — or so we’re told. Groups like Relient K deign overt evangelism and you can visit their website and leave it totally unaware that they are a “Christian” band. They sing a nebulous “gospel” that speaks occasionally of God and struggles and such without any sort of direction to a personal relationship with Christ. Here’s the LINK to Relient K’s Biography from their website. See if YOU can find anything that in any way suggests that they are a Christian group.
I have major philosophical issues with that whole strategy, but here’s my bigger beef. Groups like Relient K are doing a better job of connecting Christian kids with worldliness than they are connecting unconverted kids to Christianity.
The visit to Charlotte is a perfect example.
Their venue of choice is Amos South End. Click on their website HERE. Amos makes no pretense of being a Christian club. It is a regular dance club and bar. Look at the bands that are going to be there in the coming weeks. But this Friday night, making up the audience in the smoke-filled room where the regulars are going to be swilling alcoholic beverages and exchanging phone numbers is going to be a large number of Christian teens who are drawn to the club to hear their “hot” band. Realizing that these pre-21-year-olds aren’t going to be able to drink those high profit drinks, Amos’s hits the 20 and younger crowd with a $2 surcharge.
So imagine this…your 15-year-olddaughter can be standing next to a 25-year old “club regular” who has a beer in his hand and a condom in his back pocket while mom and dad think that Susie is out at a “Christian concert.” The desensitizing magic of a place like this will create an appetite for additional visits to hear other “interesting” groups as they promote their next concerts. Friendships will be forged, shared experiences will create connections and the shock of being in a room with dancing, drinking, smoking kids in a club will soon wear off. It will be easier and easier to feel at home in this kind of atmosphere.
I know I’ll get hate mail for posting my opinion on this. Someone will surely tell me that I’m a dinosaur. Someone else will defend Relient K’s approach to stealth evangelism. Others will call me a legalist. Some might even try to convince me that this is a great way for their kid to be a witness or to have their faith tested. (Both fallacious arguments I’ll address some other time.) But I’m going to be clear on this. Letting your Christian kid go to a dance club to hear a concert — even a so-called “Christian” group — is playing with fire.
Here’s how strongly I feel about this. If there are any Northside kids with tickets to this, bring them to my office and I’ll buy them from you for what you paid for them. No questions asked. You don’t even have to see me. Just put the ticket in an envelope with your name on it and I’ll send the money right back to you in the same envelope. No one who knows me can ever question my love for our teens in our church and school. I believe in them, am protective of them, love them, pray for them, am proud of them. And it’s all those things that motivate me to write this warning and to offer this deal. Parents….check out that website. Here’s the link again. Amos South End. Read the Scripture below and tell me how we can rationalize letting our teens go to a dance club to hear even a band that describes itself as “Christian”.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18