I recall when Stephanie, Betty, Melody and I were 11 years old and bored from having no where to go and nothing to do. But we knew that every Friday night, CCUC hosted youth programs that included BBQs and gym nights. So we would attend the programs, play Steal the Bacon or volleyball, eat smores, and then sneak out when the Christian kids returned to the classrooms to pray or talk about God. Sometimes when we were unable to sneak out, we had to stay for the entire class of bible study, and I remember feeling bitter and defeated. Eventually, we stopped going because we couldn’t bear to be trapped in bible study anymore… also, we discovered boys and other party favors.
Being the awesome auntie that I am, I crossed the street to the courtyard to see if I could score any cotton candy for my nephews. I was immediately approached by a young, pregnant lady. I asked her if I could purchase any cotton candy. She said it’s not for sale, that it was part of the youth summer camp sponsored by the church. She said for $6, I could enroll my nephew into a two week program that included all sorts of games and food.
Dude, six dollars? For every day for two weeks? I gave her my “get out of here” look, but she was totally serious.
She graciously gave me two bags of blue cotton candy and a flyer. She said to consider it. I lied and said I would.
That night, Christopher and I ate cotton candy until are tongues and fingers turned blue. Mmm. Free cotton candy made by God is good!
Christian indoctrination is so simple. Provide the youth and families in low-income and marginalized communities, or third-world countries, with access to unattainable resources and ask them to be grateful (and loyal) to God. Soon, they depend on God and can’t live without him. This is what you call Brand Loyalty.
For example, CCUC provides free immunizations, low-cost daycare, adult education, youth camps, language classes, etc. The newly-immigrated, limited-English speaking residents of Chinatown would not have access to such resources otherwise.
Corporations and Republicans have figured it out years ago. So has technology. I wonder why the Left still hasn’t.
That night inspired me to write and suggest to Al Gore to make a kids version of An Inconvenient Truth for schools and churches. Preservation of the earth and conscientious consumption should begin at a young age, before folks get too dependent on their lavish and over-consumptive lifestyles. The Left needs to learn from our Christian brothers and sisters: Get them while they're young. Amen.