Kids these days, Part 2

April 28, 2011

Faith & Spirtuality

This video makes me long to jump and dance: Verified miracles were videoed at Disneyland. Watch this! See God at work first hand!

But then I squeezed myself into a cynic’s skin and forced myself to view it through his eyes. Of course I saw nothing but flaws: “The Jesus language is gauche; the ‘prophetic words’ are manipulative; the healings could be faked – or maybe the so-called ‘healers’ are conveying their own personal power onto the ‘healed.’” And so it went. Cynicism seeks and exploits perceived defects, dismisses the unfolding reality, and claims superior intelligence.

I threw the skin away and enjoyed it once more.  The fact is that Hannah Ford brought a group of teens and young people to Disneyland on June 11, 2009; the fact is that the group prayed for people and – as the video shows – other teens were healed.  Look at the faces of those who experienced healing – especially the one toward the end who runs in place.  Only the blindest cynic would call this “fake.”

Ford and her companions were bold enough to pray for people and watch God work.  They were rowing in one of the three crucial steams leading to the confluence of a holistic walk with God: the intimacy and power of the Holy Spirit.  I look forward to the day when this stream merges with the other two – sound, biblical theology and community action.  The Church will really make a difference then.

Get out of that skin.  Drop the veil of cynicism.  Look.  See.

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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2 Comments on “Kids these days, Part 2”

  1. Rodger Roundy Says:

    I dunno, i wouldn’t call it cynicism, just critical thinking. Almost universally, in ALL 4 PARTS of this video, the “healing” is of already young, healthy-looking individuals who appear to have strolled into the park under their own power. Almost universally their injuries and ailments are of the light sprain-variety, the kind most easily overcome by bursts of adrenaline. Adrenaline brought on by cameras, charismatic young ministers doing muscle-wiggling, and clusters of attention from surrounding cute young people.

    WE NEVER see a before/after of scoliosis girl with the S-shaped back? If you’re going to claim miracles and healing, this matters.

    We NEVER see a clear before/after of the person with supposedly mismatched length-legs? If you’re gonna claim miracles and healing, this matters.
    (There’s a full-length youtube video called “Miracles for Sale” by Darren Brown. proceed to 23:40 point for an exposing of this old chestnut of phoney faith healers.)

    It’s merciful of you to pull your punches on what I’m more tempted to label as a bunch of Jesus Ninnies assiduously avoiding the truly wheelchair-bound, or people w/ disfiguring ailments, or Downs syndrome, or cancer, or heck, ANYONE with a legitimate provable miracle-needing ailment. How about they walk down to the Make-a-Wish kids that are at the park everyday, instead of a cluster of credulous teens with minor sports sprains?

    Call me cynical, I guess, but I see fudging of facts and a reluctance to show easily obtainable, easily video-ed true evidence. I’m sure the makers of the video mean well, and they feel the ends justify the means. Makes me wonder how far back in history this fudging goes.

    Regardless, cool blog.


    • Charles Redfern Says:

      Rodger: Thanks for the compliments on the blog, but perhaps I should clarify my own position: I guess I’m a “Jesus Ninny.” I momentarily took the position of a cynic in order to refute it — and I respectfully submit that you’re demanding too much (I really meant the “respectfully” part). Cynicism can function as a dark form of naiveté: we demand more evidence, and more, and more — questioning motives all the way. Nothing is provable. Maybe they didn’t line up all their ducks here (they put this up in order to share and celebrate the event, not to prove the miraculous), but enough ducklings are in line for me to celebrate it as well. I freely admit that I’m prejudiced: I’ve participated in this kind of ministry and I’ve seen it “work” (an inadequate word, but it’s the only one that comes to mind). Trust me (or, give me the benefit of the doubt for the moment): it takes more faith to believe in adrenaline than it does to believe in God at these moments.

      I understand, appreciate, and applaud skepticism vis-a-vis some “faith healers” who call attention to themselves and, perhaps, use the “miraculous” for financial gain, but the ministers in this video are not of the same school (trustworthy people who know them have given me a good report). We miss something if we dismiss all miracles as fraudulent.

      I honestly thank you for the comment and I appreciate your compliment — and I understand cynicism toward events like this. I once bathed myself in such cynicism myself.


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