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“Let There Be Stuff” Annie, the Green “Prophet” Claims John the Baptist and Hosea Status
Posted By Michelle Horstman On October 19, 2010 @ 9:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
It’s apparent that the crazed Green movement is a religion to many, but I don’t think we were aware that they are actually self proclaimed “prophets” now. Yes, prophets like in the Old Testament. The audacity is astounding.
We’re all too familiar with Greenpeace activist Annie Leonard, creator of the “Story of Stuff”, the anti-capitalist propaganda video that has been shown to our kids in schools nationwide. Just last week, Glenn Beck began to highlight their latest endeavor, “Let There Be Stuff”, a new twist on “The Story of Stuff” that is presented to appeal to Christian and Jewish youth groups as an act of obedience to God. Naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to see just how they would present this, so I downloaded the session materials they have made available online.
While browsing through the various sessions, I was surprised to discover that Annie Leonard and others promoting this Green Marxist message are the new prophets of our time. From their materials:
pg 2, Session 2
Often, God sends messengers to awaken our sense of the urgency of these challenges. These messengers are like prophets and we need to take their messages seriously.
pg 7, Session 2
In Biblical times, people who offered the kind of moral challenge The Story of Stuff provides were called prophets. They often weren’t popular, because they conveyed God’s judgment against society’s status quo and against deeply engrained habits. Our two Bible readings this week are selections about two prophets – Hosea and John the Baptist.
After a reading about these Biblical prophets and their message, our new prophets continue:
As these two examples show, the Bible is clear that the role of a prophet is a vital and dangerous one. Prophets represent the message of God to people and societies who are often unwilling to reckon with God’s high moral standards.
The message at this point is to let the kids know that being a prophet is tough business. They may not make it easy for us, but we are prophets, and wicked people often do not like to hear the truth from the prophets.
Later in the session, the facilitator is prepped on how to answer those pesky questions that the participants may come up with:
pg. 11, Session 2
Q: Who does she think she is? Why should I listen to her? She’s not a Christian?
A: This is the same kind of comment that people made about all the prophets in the Bible – when they didn’t like the prophet’s message, they attacked the prophet personally.
In other words, kids, just shut up and listen. Stop interrogating Annie the prophet.
At this point, the students will read the referenced passages and be able to make that important connection between the Biblical prophets and Annie:
pg. 12, Session 2
1. Read the passages Hosea 4:1-3 or Matthew 3:1-3, 7-10
2. Tell students: This passage is about John the Baptist, a powerful prophet who foretold the birth of Jesus and/or Hosea a prophet who criticized the people of Israel for their unfaithfulness. His message was a hard and challenging one.
3. Have students reflect on the following questions:
• How do you think the people of his time felt about his message?
• How do you think this relates to Annie and her message?
• What makes it possible to stay open when we hear challenging information about ourselves and our world?
“Let There Be Stuff” has much more provocative material to be sure, but the outrageous “prophet” angle alone should be more than enough to make it clear exactly what their intent is. Regardless of your views on how to go about being a good steward of the earth, how any church or synagogue could allow their youth to be led astray and propagandized in this way is inconceivable.
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