Creative Destruction

June 24, 2007

Reverse Psychology

Filed under: Content-lite,Navel Gazing — Brutus @ 7:56 pm

I suppose it had to happen eventually. As reported by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, a number churches have begun to use reverse psychology on billboards to attract attention to their, um, cause (?). The billboards sport quotes attributed to Satan such as these:

“I Hate Victory Family Church — Satan”
“CedarCreek Church Sucks — Satan.”
“Victory Family Church stole my kids — Satan.”

I’m not too sure just yet how smart or stupid it is for churches to be (presumably) quoting Satan. In today’s culture, of course, there is little propriety left that would instruct us to regard quoting Satan as anything other than reprehensible, so I expect that lots of folks would look upon these stunts with the ideology of the day — pragmatism — which is to say, “if it works [to bring people into the church or closer to god], then it’s OK with me.”



  1. I don’t know about the whole concept in general, but this one: “Victory Family Church stole my kids — Satan.” strikes me as tacky, to put it mildly. Suggesting that stealing kids is an ok thing, even a good thing as long as they are stolen from someone who is “bad”? Not that I’m saying that VFC really does steal kids, but there’s enough nasty history involving Christianity and stealing “heathen” kids (ie kidnapping Native American kids and putting them up for adoption into “good” Christian families, forcing them to go to Christian boarding schools, etc)that I think they should have avoided the reference.

    Comment by Dianne — June 25, 2007 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  2. The signs certainly imply that the ad writers did have an interview with Mr. S at which they secured the quote. Guilt by association, I say.

    Comment by ohwilleke — June 25, 2007 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  3. jesus, i didn’t know satan was so nice.

    Comment by greywhitie — June 26, 2007 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  4. Quiet around here lately. Doesn’t anyone have any opinions anymore?

    Comment by Dianne — June 28, 2007 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  5. It’s quiet all around. Amp had like ten comments yesterday.

    On the other hand, I got 80,000 visitors at BNN, so maybe everybody is just over there. 😉

    Comment by Robert — June 28, 2007 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  6. perhaps if y’all weren’t so tediously dull, more folks might visit and maybe even comment.

    Comment by greywhitie — June 28, 2007 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  7. I have other things pressing for my attention. My apologies for not posting more.

    Comment by Brutus — June 28, 2007 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  8. Since the church made Satan up and used this dualistic concept to increase revenues, it should now be allowed to use this concept as it pleases.

    I mean, if Tolkien’s heirs want to turn Gandalf into a drag queen, be my guest!

    Comment by Vilon — June 28, 2007 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

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