He’s only 19! Angus’ newly found faith has come at a great price. When teenagers get passionate about something, they go all out – even before they’ve considered the best course to accomplish their good thing. In all of the hullabaloo about his comments on the video that went viral, I’m wondering how much investment was put into seeking wisdom on how to share his testimony in the most productive way possible. Where were the adults in his life?
In The Tangible Kingdom (Hugh Halter and Matt Smay), the authors suggest that our posture is significant in our ability to share Jesus with people who don’t know him. We must look past the . . .
. . .outward behavior, vices, sin, frailty, brokenness, and confusion of a person. Instead an advocate focuses on winning a person’s trust, friendship, and loyalty . . . Our posture is what wins a person’s respect and heart and helps them be open to God’s ways. While poor posture communicates judgment, Christ-like posture displays love. (The Tangible Kingdom Primer, p. 35)
Let’s be clear about one thing with regard to his highly publicized rant about the TV show . . . he’s absolutely correct. But, what’s the point in saying it if there’s little redeeming value in the way you do it? How did the church leaders think the millions of people who watch the hit TV show would react? Though a 19-year-old isn’t going to know that, the Christians that are counseling him should.
It’s about knowing the times and the best course to take (1st Chronicles 12:32). If the things in Angus’ follow up apology had been considered before he went public with his conviction, they could have mapped out a plan that would have kept the respect of most of the people, and many more would have listened.
Jones’ mom is afraid he’s being exploited by the church. While it may not be intentional, that’s certainly what it looks like. I can’t imagine the excitement I’d have had if Jones had stepped into my church and made the same bold statements about Jesus Christ. I hope that I’d consider the proper posture that would ensure the best Kingdom results. Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be great if we did that with every opportunity the Holy Spirit brings our way?