This is just beyond my mind...but a church in Oklahoma sponsored a teen event where they were giving away an semi-automatic assualt rifle. You can read the story here. (Be sure to watch the video) The Church's Youth Pastor, Bob Ross, said it was a way to attract kids to attend the event. Ross said that the event was not about guns or shooting, but about finding faith. Mr. Ross says in an interview on a local station that they had given away a gun a previous conferences (which had been going on for 25 years.) Ultimately, the give-away was cancelled because the pastor leading the giveaway was unable to attend.
Being a former youth pastor, and still working with young people, I am not sure how this gets by the board for approval.
Youth Pastor: We are very excited about this year's youth conference. We believe it will be the best one ever. We are so excited that we have come up with a creative way to attract even more students.
Board Member/Trustee/Elder: We would love to have more students experience Christ in their lives....what do you have in mind?
Youth Pastor: Well, Our two ideas we wanted to bring up to you for approval is this...We want to give away either a AR-15 Semiautomatic Assault Rifle or a kilo of cocaine.
Board Member/Trustee/Elder: Wow, you are really thinking outside of the box here on this giveaway. Way outside of the box. But since we live in the heartland, why don't we stick with the Assault Rifle giveaway and not do the cocaine giveaway. It will get us into less trouble.
Youth Pastor: Consider it done.
Wow. That's all I can say. This is a strange story.