Struggling With “Jackass”

If you’re looking for the “Jackass Blog” … it’s gone. This is in its place.

A Necessary Apology 

I want to take a moment and apologize. I’m not proud of my reaction to criticism last week… I should have taken the high road. This response is five days late.

Many of you saw the “Jackass” blog last week. I don’t need to go into all the details, but basically I received some criticism for using the word “Jackass” several times at a big event I spoke at one week ago. I talked about the MTV show “Jackass,” criticizing it for it’s attitude of “no consequences.” I then segued to the Gospel (and over 200 kids were saved that week). I’m not going to rehash that issue. That’s not the point of this post. Enough has been said.

What I want to apologize for is my reaction to the criticism, specifically from the individual who emailed me initially. If I had the situation to do over again, I should have responded gracefully, thanking him for his feedback.

Although I’m sure that he and I don’t agree on the original issue, and may never agree, I should have responded in love regardless. Regrettably I chose the path of trying to convince this individual of my opinion and blogging about the incident. This didn’t result in healthy dialogue, it resulted in a lot of mudslinging.

The apostle Paul, in his Spirit-filled wisdom, points out that leaving “love” out of the picture results in a loud clanging sound. My response this past week probably sounded a lot like a clanging symbol.

This week God’s been tugging at my heart about this confrontation. This morning, after praying about it, I finally called the individual involved and personally apologized for my response to his criticism. He was really gracious and forgiving.

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to all of you as well for my response. In addition, I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m deleting a blogpost. I don’t think it was productive. So I’ll post this apology in its place.

Hindsight is 20/20. I should have responded gracefully to begin with.

Please accept my apology.

God Bless,

Jonathan McKee

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About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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