For Whose Glory?
Another thing bothered me about WinterJam. If you go to their web page, today, you will find that 47,417 decisions/rededications have been made by youth and adults at these concerts (we were stop #33 out of 36, I think).
There was time in the middle of the concert for Tony Nolan, their guest speaker, to do an evangelism presentation. He was calling youth to Christ.
I worry that the way in which he did it was scare tactic. He told a story of a young woman who had committed herself to Christ at a WinterJam concert, and then two hours later, was killed in a car accident. He had those in the audience recite a prayer to themselves. "If you really meant it, raise your hand!" then "If you really meant it, stand up!" As the many of those present stood, they were asked to complete response cards, carried by volunteers at the end of their row. "You don't even need to go anywhere; just walk to the end of your row."
Don't get me wrong -- I think accepting Christ can be as simple as believing. I think walking with Christ, day to day is another matter. I asked our congregation the other day what would have happened if Andrew had brought Simon to Jesus, and then Jesus had never said a word to him. Would Simon have become Peter?
I felt like the "decisions" made at WinterJam were shallow, and I wonder if lives were changed at all. I wonder how lasting these decisions will be. I almost believe that these cards were collected and counted for the glory of WinterJam -- not for the glory of God.