To go ‘wild’ or not to go ‘wild’, that is the question – with apologies to William S.
In the discussion about ‘Wild at Heart’, a comment some time ago, unrelated to this book, from a Christian brother came to mind. This is a man who has a number of adult children, including several sons, and thereby lots of experience. One day in conversation I was joking about the propensity of his offspring (all solid believers) to indulge in extreme sports and other adrenilin pumping passtimes. His comments were interesting.
To summarize, he felt that the lure of risk was programmed into the youth by our Lord for His own purposes. Youth were drawn to risk so that they could risk for the Lord. They could step out in risky ways that old believers were unlikely or unable to. With no Christ-centered outlet for this risk taking (eg. evangelism) in many modern senarios, the urge was miss-channeled by society into other areas. This remade the youth into consumers of one sort or another in seeking an outlet in other types of risk.
So the proposition is that the risk taking is by design, and that it is designed to allow them to step out for the Lord, possibly dramatically.
An interesting idea indeed!
While I have taken my share of risks when a youth (many inappropriate by this analysis), I am well past that now. Nonetheless, the idea, when applied the current popularity of eXtreme sports, would tend to see them as an abberation. That is intriguing.
It is also very different indeed from the Eldridge-ification discussed earlier…