Jesus warned followers that if they persecuted Him that they too would be persecuted. However Christ never gave Christians permission to be the proverbial punching bag.
Back in 2006 during a Christian event in San Francisco, a prominent liberal politician told the Christian youth that they were “disgusting, loud, and obnoxious and needed to get out of San Francisco”. This insulting comment came from a city that puts up with all types of peculiar behavior, but never has a public official ever denigrated a whole group of people from coming to San Francisco.http://www.sfgate.com/politics/joegarofoli/article/Evangelical-teens-rally-in-S-F-2501286.php
“That hurt my feelings when I heard that”, remarked Nicole Gadd of Campbell, now young woman of 23-years articulated the thought during a youth meeting. Even though the comment was hurled when she was a 16-year old impressionable sophomore attending Westmont High School in Campbell, the words still stung.
Christianity has been under attack from those claiming tolerance and inclusiveness in a dramatic upsurge of religious persecution in recent years. Christians standing up for their beliefs have been labeled hateful during the Prop 8 scandal and uproar, legislation to water down religious freedoms have reached historical levels, and even our education systems have demonstrated intolerance towards Christian standards with one college professor encouraging his class to “stomp on Jesus’ Name”.
The inspiration to SLAMJ is in step with the popularity to acronyms as What Would Jesus DO? (WWJD), which has been the predominant theme for catchy phrases even in the world of technology. It is a fitting thing to do in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
The idea of SLAMJ came from the youth director of Camden Assembly of God in Campbell after being awaken twice recently by a dream. After consulting with Nicole, the move to launch SLAMJ with Nicole heading the new ministry was introduced and later confirmed by another dream. Nicole has the code to unlocking SLAMJ’s meaning. With all the negativity being directed towards Christian values, it is high time to take the offensive.
Illuminating the idea was a declaration from Jesus in Matthew 11:12 which declared, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”.
Although the revelation of SLAMJ is brand new for the ministry, it will be officially introduced during a community outreach event that will be at Camden Assembly of God, 2275 Camden Avenue in Campbell this Saturday, August 31st from 9AM to 3PM.
Senior Pastor Alan Hyatt has organized the all-day event to re-introduce the church to the Campbell community after a year’s long worth of community outreach dinners for the area failed to generate interest from the surrounding neighborhoods. It seemed like the perfect timing to also introduce SLAMJ.
Pastor Hyatt is a throw-back, fire and thunder preacher who has not compromised the message of the gospel. He firmly believes the power and authority through the Holy Spirit is the same today as yesterday. This is a minority belief since many Christian churches have watered down the message.
There will be other young adults that attended that Battle-cry event years ago who will be at the SLAMJ event this Saturday, August 31st who want to show that they are not disgusting, loud, and obnoxious.
Well, after experiencing some of the energy that radiates from the Area 51 youth group…..they can be loud!!
It’s Biblical….the Bible says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!!!!