Tens of thousands of youngsters from Bay Area are going to rally against the secular pop-culture forces contributing to anti-social behaviors to demonstrate their Christian identity.
As a partnership between two renowned youth Christian organizations- Teen Mania Ministries and Cook Communications Ministries- BattleCry for a Generation is national movement held every year for Christian youths to show their determination in battling against spread of STDs, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and suicide among their generation.
"We’re sick and tired of pop culture telling us it’s cool to sleep around, dress like tramps, get high on drugs and alcohol, and behave badly," said 18-year-old Amanda Hughey from Orange County, Calif., who, along with tens of thousands of other teens, will take part this spring in the BattleCry movement. "Life is not MTV, and if we continue to live like we’re starring in those outrageous music videos, our generation is doomed."
"It’s ‘virtue terrorism’ and teens have had enough!" said Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania. "The media and retailers who peddle this garbage for the sake of cash and controversy are doing so at the expense of our kids."
On March 24-25, a series of massive gatherings will be held in San Francisco, which has attracted young Christians from both American and Chinese churches in the Bay Area. A pre-event rally will take place at the City Hall at 2: 30 p.m. on March 24. In both evenings of March 24 and March 25, some famous evangelical speakers are invited to the AT&T Park to speak to the youths. The speakers include president and founder of Teen Mania Ministries Ron Luce, founding pastor of the California-based the Church on the Way and Steve Saint.
Saint was born and raised in Ecuador where his parents were missionaries. His father, Nate Saint, was the "Jungle Pilot" who was one of five young men killed in 1956 by the Waodani Indians (known as Aucas) whom they were trying to reach with the Gospel.
World renowned bands such as U.K.-based Delirious?, Philadelphia-based the Cross Movement, Toby Mac, Pillar and others, will be presented to lead the worships as well.