King of the Hill 8×02: Reborn To Be Wild
A few years ago I was going through a bit of a Sum 41 phase. As I was surfing the internet for Sum 41 related stuff, I came across the image to the left. Sum 41 had been on King of the Hill and it had some kind of God theme. Interest piqued.
After a bit of searching, I found the episode in question – Reborn To Be Wild. If you’re a youth leader, you really should get your hands on a copy of this episode. Watch it with other youth leaders. The discussions you’ll have afterward will be invaluable.
If you’ve never seen King of the Hillbefore, it’s an animated show about the Hill family (Hank, his wife Peggy and their son Bobby) living in a small American town. It’s more of a humorous slice of life show than a “whacky things happen” show.
At the start of this episode, Hank walks into Bobby’s room to find him head-banging to some metal music. Hank is upset that his son his turning into a thug, so he sends him along to the local Church youth group to learn more about Jesus and become a moral, upright citizen. What he doesn’t realise is that the group is cool. The youth pastor is a tatooed, dreadlocked, skate boarder with a passion for extreme sports. The youth group kids are skaters with a penchant for shouting “Praise Him!” when they complete a righteous skate board trick.
“Why didn’t Jesus catch me?”
“He has a plan for you. The Miller flip just isn’t part of it yet.”
And there’s the conflict. Hank wants his son to grow up to be a respectable young man, but the Christian youth group dress and act in ways that are the opposite to the vision Hank wants for his son. On the other hand, Hank wants his son to know and love Jesus and this group have sparked a passion for the Lord in the boy. What to do?
This episode is a must see for any youth minister. It asks so many questions that we really should be wrestling with. To what extent should we be “cool” to attract the local youth? How do we show respect for the parents of our youth members? Do we go for “cool” and scowl at parents for just not getting on board with Jesus’ plan?
Get your group of youth leaders together. Watch this episode together. The discussions you will have will be invaluable to the future of your mission as you work together to proclaim the message of Jesus to young people.
“Hey dude, can you hold my Bible. You don’t have to just hold it, you can read it, you know.”