We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the different ways we can help connect youth to the church. Some individuals try to host really big events that draw in large numbers of youth; while other gatherings are more contemplative and smaller in attendance. Both methodologies work well and have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The other day though, I came across something completely new. According to this article, “cage fighting” is being used by several churches to attract individuals, including youth. The author states that, “The sport is seen as a legitimate outreach tool by the youth ministry affiliate of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents more than 45,000 churches.”
On the one hand, I can sort of (and this is really a stretch) see why individuals might use cage fighting as an evangelical tool. There are always different approaches and methodologies that are going to be used to draw people to the church. Some will work better than others. Fair enough.
But on the other hand, I just want to say: Really? It’s pretty clear to me that Jesus, at the very least, opposed violence. Personally, I feel Jesus was a pacifist. I have serious questions about a church that both promotes and encourages violence.
Is it wrong to judge though? A number of youth I know really like (for reasons I cannot understand) cage fighting. If this draws them to the church, is it wrong to stand in opposition?
We’d love to hear your thoughts.