The national BattleCry of over 60,000 teens has stretched across the states to the East coast and thousands more with faith-filled voices stood up Friday for a multi-site "reverse rebellion" rally.
From major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Denver and Philadelphia to 100 smaller cities, thousands of Christian teens and young adults converged largely in front of city halls to declare a generation tired of a polluted culture and ready to fight a cultural war. Friday's rallies, which were held 4 p.m. local time throughout the states, followed two local ones held in San Francisco and Detroit in the last several weeks that had drawn national media attention as well as protests.
"We want to tell everyone we're tired of feeling pressured by the media and pop culture to look, act, and feel a certain way. Our generation will die trying to be something God never intended it to be," said BattleCry Rally Organizer Amanda Hughey, 19, according to the DeMoss Group, a public relations firm that mainly works with Christian organizations.
"It's time for your young people to be heard!" proclaims an announcement on the BattleCry website.
The national rallies kicked off the last BattleCry stadium event of the year. The Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia is packing in 15,000 students for the two-day event featuring Christian bands Pillar, Cross Movement, Delirious, Jeremy Camp and TobyMac.
BattleCry is an initiative of TeenMania, one of the world's largest youth organizations, and is mobilizing tens of thousands of both teens and parents fueled by their Christian faith to take their stance against today's pop culture of drugs, alcohol, sex and violence.
TeenMania founder Ron Luce initiated the BattleCry movement this year, waking Christian teens to make their voices heard.
"I think what's happened is a lot of young people didn't realize that they have a voice in this," he said in a past interview with The Christian Post.
But as national media agencies including TIME Magazine have recognized, the Christian teen voice is starting to come in loud and clear.
TeenMania will follow up on all three visited cities next year and add three more to its national BattleCry movement.