Donna Louise here shaking my head at the stupid things people do. As I was reading some of the blogs about the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida and the media circus it’s become, I came across an interesting story about a recent incident in Pennsylvania, where they have a “stand your ground” law like the one in Florida. (NOTE: Kansas and Missouri have similar laws.)
The pastor of Glad Tidings Assembly of God carried out a role playing exercise with the youth group. He wanted to show them what it was like to be a persecuted Christian missionary. Unfortunately he neglected to tell the kids or their parents of his plan because he wanted the experience to be real.
Two armed men burst into a room, pulled pillowcases over the heads of the youth, and pushed them into a van. One of the men said, “Just do as I say and you won’t be hurt.”
The kids were taken to the minister’s house where they witnessed the guys attack him.
In the end, the pastor told the kids the truth and everyone rejoiced that they don’t live in a country where that kind of thing happens…for real. They joked with the pastor about his sense of humor, held hands to sing “Kum Ba Ya”, and ate cookies and drank milk. Everyone went home knowing that God loved them.
That’s what the plan might have been, but some of the kids hated the role playing and reported the incident to the police and showed the bruises they’d received.
Turns out the act of kidnapping a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. The minister may become well acquainted with the experience of being prosecuted for pretending to be persecuted. When asked about the incident, he said he has no plans to drop the role playing, but next time, he’ll obtain the parents’ permission. Next time?
If any of the members of the youth group or their parents had carried a concealed weapon, they could have taken the role playing to a whole new, more realistic level. The armed men might have died because their guns weren’t loaded.
Here’s my prayer. God, the minister has too much spare time. Please send him to jail so he can start a prison ministry to Your greater glory and learn to stand his ground—unarmed and with his back to the wall. Amen.