As most of you know, I am now a student pastor at LifePoint Church. I get to walk beside middle school kids as they enter the most awkward, trying, and clueless time of their life. Believe it or not, it’s a lot of fun. The first thing most people say when I tell them what I do is, “Ewww…middle schoolers.” It’s like this age group has a disease that you can catch and most people want to stay as far away as possible. Well, I guess I got the disease because I can’t wait to see my students on Wed night.
I love hearing that they are mad at their boyfriend because their square dancing partner in gym class is a girl that is pretty. I just wish that was the extent of the issues that they are dealing with. They run much deeper than you can imagine. There is a LOT of pain and hurting. I now respond to the question of “Why middle school?” with “Everyone Needs Healing.”
Anyway, that 150 word introduction has now lead me to the point of this post. Tonight we start our moral boundaries series. The big series of the year! The one that causes parents to cringe and small group leaders to suddenly get sick. This year we called it “fLee”. An obvious rip from one of my favorite shows, “Glee.” It’s not a series to slam the show, although that would be pretty easy, it’s a creative decision.
We filmed 4 glee-style music videos a while back. Complete with rewording the songs and recording audio tracks. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun and the students are really excited to see what we came up with.
Week 1 is “Shady” set to the song “Baby.” We are talking about the type of person you date and give them 5 signs that they should flee a relationship. I will post the video and update of the specific message points this weekend.
Here are the lyrics:
You think he’s funny, you think he cares
You think he’ll always pull out your chair
He calls it love, but he wants your bod
He pulls the standard moves straight down from the top
Now you’re an item, what are you thinking?
This dude is trashy, but he’s good at winking
You know he’s lame, but you think he’s hot
Girl I’m telling you that this is not smart
Cause this dude is Shady Shady shady oh
He’s probably lazy lazy lazy OH
His mom is crazy crazy crazy Oh
But now you’re hooked to that guy
Oh for you, He says he’ll do whatever
And he’ll love you for now and forever
He’ll try to play it cool, but girl he’s using you
He’ll buy you anything, even a cheesy ring
For your birthday, he’ll buy you jewelry
But he’ll forget and say he’ll give it to you next week
He’s a clown clown clown clown
And I can’t believe your first love would let you down
Girl you’re crazy crazy crazy oh
This dudes a baby baby baby oh
He thinks he’s Swayze Swayze Swayze oh
But now your hooked to that guy