Hmm. What does this Flame effort remind me of? — 13 Comments

  1. That is very funny and absolutely spot on. It left me feeling a little sick at the end. The ignorance in our modern church is a tragedy.

    Note in the shot at the beginning that this is set in a United Methodist congregation (that could just as easily be LCMS). The clueless youth ministers are trying so hard to be hip and relevent and it is clear that they are not well catechized themselves, and have no confidence about what they believe and why they believe it.

    My heart goes out to them. Surely, their ecclesiastical supervisors are lecturing them on how they have to be hip and relevent for the youth and they admit that they don’t have a clue. Their intentions are very good, but they are really almost as ignorant of scripture and doctrine as Ignatius is. None of these grownups should be instructing youth in anything!

    I empathize with their cringing during the presentation. At least the older gentleman has the courage and honor to protect his flock from this stooge, but only after the damage has been done.

    Yes, this is fiction and satire, but we all know how true this situation is. May Christ have mercy on His ignorant and arrogant modern American church.

  2. This is one of the funniest bits of satire I have seen recently. “I want them all to stand up proudly and say, I am a flamer!” I thought I would fall out of my chair.

  3. All I can say is the makers of this video had to be fans of the original “The Office” series on the BBC. The overall style was spot-on! This video was hilarious, but also frustrating, in that many of us are all to aware that this kind of thing is a reality in many denominations (ours included).

  4. I gave up after about 2 1/2 minutes or so – maybe a little longer, when he came onto stage and they showed the faces of the kids with jaws down and blank stares… that was me – so I turned it off. Great satire but MAN! Depressing!

    Back when I thought it was a little weird but I couldn’t quite get why yet, we had a group a little like this guy come do a lock-in with our youth group. I’m glad God pulled us out of it! 😉 My kids will see guys/gals like this for the charlatans they are! Catechesim is my friend! 🙂

  5. I couldn’t decide whether the kids in the group were in on the satire when it began. The “whut?!” looks on their faces were perfect.

    When he asked the “perverts” to stand up, I was praying they were in on it.

    Fabulous satire. And, Karen Gabriel, if that is NYG, I’m so grateful, again, that all my tithes stay at my congregation!

  6. This is a good, though fictional, illustration of why Higher Things was created in the first place. Hymnal worship. Lutheran teaching by Lutheran teachers. Christ crucified and risen in the center of everything. This is what youth work should be about.

  7. I just came across this video somewhere else today and then found it had been posted here. This is a hilarious satire, well played, and it rings only too true to what’s going in our synod (youth gatherings and Ablaze!).

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