Emotive Overload

Honorable teaching is without manipulation. Though emotion is part of human nature, we as teachers must be careful of in how emotion is used. Yes, Jesus didn’t hide his emotions…but he wasn’t controlled by them either.

So is this going too far?

Part of speaking truth in love is to also teach students without manipulating them. As Paul writes to those that he has previously taught, writing:

…3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you… 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness…11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God… (1Thess 2)

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~ by Dave Smith on December 4, 2008.

3 Responses to “Emotive Overload”

  1. I was a part of plenty of these as a HS youth.

    Is it going to far? Hard to say w/o knowing the audience and context.

    If you were to transcribe her words (i.e. remove the music and emotion), they certainly seem appropriate by themselves.

    The ceremony is highly symbolic with the water.

    My opinion is the evangelical church is polarized around emotion – if you’re “charismatic”, you embrace it. If not, you run from it.

  2. Those kids are pretty young.

    I think we can err by ignoring the emotional side of repentance and making it too cognitive, as well. In fact, I would say that each time I made a significant step forward spiritually (starting when I was about 12) it was an intensely emotional experience for me—but it stuck, and resulted in true life change. So, I’m grateful for those youth leaders that appealed to my emotions and not just my cogntive side.

    I shudder a little bit at the video b/c of the age of the kids. But if they were middle- and high-school kids, I think it would be appropriate.

  3. “In fact, I would say that each time I made a significant step forward spiritually (starting when I was about 12) it was an intensely emotional experience for me—but it stuck, and resulted in true life change. So, I’m grateful for those youth leaders that appealed to my emotions and not just my cogntive side.”

    Well said – that was my experience as well.

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