Clayton Jennings and Our Endangered Youth
I had to refresh my memory…he was basically a creation of social media, an evangelical grifter who made his name with YouTube videos and “spoken word poetry” pandering to the existential crises of young people and millennials.
He hung out with Tim Tebow and attached himself to Christian rappers and media personalities.
Those YouTube videos had over a million views and he had almost a million Facebook followers.
He was more well known by most for his sexual escapades and defrocking by his own father.
Now, these accusations weren’t rumors…he confessed to his sins publicly.
They have their own issues with their reputation, but have been factual in their reporting on Jennings.
They had the goods on Jennings and kept the exposures coming.
On March 3rd Jennings spent two hours doing a live Facebook program where he attacked the women who have come forth to accuse him, naming them and displaying their pictures.
This is called “doxxing” , a nefarious means of social media fueled revenge wherein someone with a large following basically calls their fans to find and harass people in their real lives.
It also serves to intimidate any other women who may want to speak about their experience with Jennings.
He also “confessed” to the sexual encounters though the confessions seemed more like boasting than contrition.
He has publicly threatened to murder the bloggers who exposed him.
Today, he has 888,997 followers on Facebook.
The comments on his social media pages are overwhelmingly supportive of him.
At best, the evidence (and his own confessions) shows that Clayton Jennings is utterly disqualified from any sort of public ministry, a serial fornicator and adulterer.
At worst, he is allegedly an unsaved sexual predator who uses his position and fame for sexual conquest and financial gain.
Yet, he has managed to position himself as the victim in the eyes of hundreds of thousands of young people.
How can this be?
How can we have so poorly taught Christian morality and ethics that this kind of person can be seen as either a believer or a hero?
Our young people have no discernment…but our older saints don’t seem to have much of their own to share.
Are we doing enough to help young people understand who they are in Christ so they can survive this insane age?
I don’t believe that people like Clayton Jennings are outliers in the social media age of the church…if we don’t act, they are our future…