January 23, 2008

Rowdy Christians

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This afternoon, I was in Starbucks, as I frequently am, and overheard a conversation at a nearby table, where a couple of guys were interviewing people to work for their security company.  They were making the point that the use of force was rarely necessary and that it was more important to be able to talk with people in a way that calms them down.

In that connection, one of them said something that jumped out at me:  “We have three cage fights a month and we’ve never had a problem.  We have more problems at Christian concerts, to be honest.”

“Huh,” I said to myself.  What do you make of that?

Posted by John Barach @ 7:03 pm | Discuss (7)

7 Responses to “Rowdy Christians”

  1. Ros Says:

    Perhaps we should organise more Christian cage fights?

  2. matthew Says:

    Ros, I think there are probably enough of those online already.

    I do know that most contemporary Christian music makes me want to punch someone…

  3. John Barach Says:

    Matthew, I wish I’d thought of that at the time. I would have said it to the guy at the next table!

  4. Josiah Woltersdorf Says:

    What exactly is a cage fight? Well, I know it doesn’t sound Christian to do it. Were they fighting for sport (not bad reason to fight), or to settle problems(bad reason to fight.)?

  5. John Barach Says:

    A cage fight is where they put two fighters, not in a ring as in boxing, but in a large cage. In a cage fight, you might have a guy who is good at one form of martial arts going up against a guy who is good at another. Or just two street fighters doing whatever they do to win. In any case, they’re fighting for sport.

    You can read more at Wikipedia.

    But you can imagine that a lot of fans get worked up during one of these cage fights, especially if they’ve been drinking, and you might expect some young guy would want to prove his own abilities by taking on a security guard. But the security company guy said they hadn’t had any problems.

    But Matthew’s perceptive comment aside, I do wonder why guys who are attending a Christian concert might give a security guard more of a hassle. (Assuming that I heard the security company guy accurately.)

  6. Jamie Says:

    I’m with Matthew.

  7. Keith Griffioen Says:

    I’ve taught enough Christian young people in my life (Protestant and Catholic) to know that the one thing they don’t want to be known as in the outside world is different. They work extremely hard at being just like the world. As a musician, I am perturbed by the fact that “Christian” rock music is getting harder and harder and the message more blurred. As Canadian journalism prof Marshall MacLuhan once said, “The medium (in this case the music) IS the message.”

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