More than 20,000 teenagers attended Battle Cry, a worship rally that included sermons, testimonies and Christian artists. At the event, Teen Mania Ministries founder Ron Luce notes, Christian teenagers were encouraged to embrace the message of Christ over the message of pop culture.
“We’re encouraging them to sound off their voice when they go home,” Luce says, “whether that’s through writing in their school papers, or writing songs, or writing poetry, or television programs, stuff on the Internet, YouTube.”
Teen Mania tells Christian young people to “use your creative juices, all the passion you have,” the youth ministry leader says — to “use all of that to get out the message of the gospel [and] let’s bombard every community in America with this.”
Sounds so familiar, does it not? And it gets even better.
Luce is also urging parents to be more involved in the lives of their teenagers because, too often, parents disengage from their kids as they enter the teenage years. “And I just want to encourage the moms and the dads all over the country. This is a time for us, as adults, to rally around this generation,” he notes.
If that isn’t one of the main causes of apathy within youth today, I don’t know what is. Are you going to join the Battle Cry?