The video below may offend you. It is a Twisted Sister video. I don't listen to or like this kind of thing. In the first place, I'm too old for it now and, in the second, I didn't like this kind of "music" even when I was young. I was a Herman's Hermits guy, remember? So why would I put something like this on my blog? This is one of those "shake 'em up to wake 'em up' things I do now and then. I think it's along the same line as when Paul told those who were promoting circumcision at Galatia to "go the whole way and emasculate themselves" (Galatians 5:12). Sometimes you just have to be harsh, even at the risk of provoking the ire of the hyper-religious. There is no place for gentleness with cancer.
So I'm posting this blog to take a jab at the legalistic, heavy-handed, condemning preaching that happens in so many churches. I think this is a fairly good depiction of what this type preaching creates in the hearts and lives of those who suffer its abuse. You have "the legalistic preacher" at the beginning of the video and the results of legalism among those in "the congregation" as the video progresses. On one hand, I think it's funny. On the other, it's sad because it is too close to real church life in some places.
Okay, those whose religious sensitivities are sharply honed have been warned. For the rest of you, see if you don't agree that this is a fairly close metaphor showing what happens when people are subjected to constant attacks by preachers who get excited by condemning and judging instead of sharing the good news of the gospel.
What do you think?
Twisted Sister - were not gonna take it
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Thanks to Joel Brueseke for first pointing out the similarities mentioned here in his blog.