jesus camp

Posted: June 11th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 4 Comments »

A friend of mine sent her daughter to church camp this past week. They’re both fairly new to church and were excited. When her daughter got home, my friend wanted to know about her week and if she learned anything.

She had a blast. And she learned about something called ‘Camo Christians’. What are ‘Camo Christians’? Her daughter explained that they were people who call themselves Christians but don’t look like them. The kids at this camp were taught examples of how to call them out.

‘If you see someone drinking or smoking or something, you invite them to church. If they say they already go to their own church you give them a look and say, “Oh, you do?’ The look she demonstrated was one of disbelief and doubt.

“I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you religion scholars, you Pharisees! Frauds! Your lives are roadblocks to God’s kingdom. You refuse to enter, and won’t let anyone else in either. You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You go halfway around the world to make a convert, but once you get him you make him into a replica of yourselves, double-damned.”  Jesus- Matthew 23:13-15

I know that this sort of thing is being taught because it’s evident in the lives of people who claim to be Christians. So much that it’s what the Christian population is known for. Self-righteous judgement. However, to know that church camps are putting children through role-playing scenarios on how to be Pharisees is appalling. 

When are people going to see that churches (in general) and the bulk of people who claim to be Christians are misled into Cul-De-Sacs of Crazy? The false teaching is heavily evident because they know we’re Christians by our judgemental attitudes.

“In too many ways the church has become an exclusive sub-culture that is appearance based. You will know they are Christians by what they do and don’t do, where they go and don’t go, who they associate with and who they disassociate. Whatever happened to letting them know you’re a Christian ‘by [your] love, by [your] love’? To the rest of the world, they have the disturbing appearance of being a group of one-dimensional robots where actions don’t line up with words. Usually it’s too much for any average outsider to stomach and that’s why you hear them talk about the church being full of hypocrites.” – ‘Grace Is For Sinners’ 

‘The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead.’ – 1 John 3:14


4 Comments on “jesus camp”

  1. 1 Jeff said at 11:32 am on June 22nd, 2009:

    Did you ever see that movie? It was pretty interesting…

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 12:49 pm on June 22nd, 2009:

    Yes and it turned my stomach.

  3. 3 April said at 5:41 pm on December 8th, 2009:

    Serena, I've been following your blog seems like since the begining… and missed this post. Wow… that is really so sad.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 5:48 pm on December 8th, 2009:

    I know. I live in a very church saturated part of the country. A lot of the issues I see on a daily basis aren't necessarily issues across the religious board. I am exposed to an extreme, for sure.

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