'World's Youngest Preacher' Is a Big Job for a 4-Year-Old (VIDEO)


kanon tiptonWhen a little kid exhibits an aptitude for something, it's natural to jump to decades-away conclusions. Look at her in that little tutu! She's going to be a prima ballerina for sure! (I feel like grandparents are especially prone to this type of behavior.)

So I understand why the "world's youngest preacher," Kanon Tipton, is getting hyped as the next big thing in the Pentecostal community. The 4-year-old from Mississippi has been "preaching" since he was 21 months old and he toddled onstage while his grandpa was giving a sermon. On that fateful day, Kanon grabbed the mic and started doing his best impression of grandpa on the pulpit (or maybe dad, since Kanon's father Damon is also a preacher). Kanon's mom, Kandi, happened to videotape the scene.

Can you say viral video hit?

Now, at the ripe old age of 4, Kanon's signature sermon-giving style is ... fiery, I guess you could say. He jumps up and down, mops at his brow with a handkerchief, paces back and forth. It's all very cute. Sort of adorable, even, except it's also a tiny bit creepy.

I've been trying to put my finger on why, exactly, this little boy's act is kinda disturbing. (And no, it's not because I'm anti-Christian as liberals are often assumed to be!!!) As enthusiastic as his parents are about Kanon's talent, I don't really feel like they're pushing him in an unhealthy, Toddlers & Tiaras way. But Damon did call his son a "third generation preacher," so clearly there's a little bit of that chip off the old block thing going here.

I guess that's what bothers me. Kanon is just copying his dad. He's not showing the early signs of a spiritual calling. Still, the expectation is out there -- he's an Internet sensation, he's been on the Today show, he's going to be featured in a special called Pint-Sized Preachers on the National Geographic Channel (airing tonight). Thousands of people are talking about his future as a preacher. That's a lot of pressure! What if he wants to be a math teacher? What if he wants to convert to Buddhism?

Expectations placed on kids can turn into limitations that last a lifetime.

Do you think all the attention Kanon is getting for "preaching" is too much pressure?

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miche... micheledo

I agree with you.  He isn't preaching.  He is imitating people.  It's cute (or disturbing) but he isn't a preacher.  I can't stand things like this, but then I don't like listening to any preacher that gets so 'worked up.'  It seems to be more about a big show then truly teaching the Bible to people.

And for the record, I am a Christian.

nonmember avatar QueenLaQueefa

Wow. And I thought Pentecostals were crazy before...

nonmember avatar Emily

Truthfully I think it's adorable. I don't know many young boys that don't want to be like their Daddies. I'd much rather him mimic someone like his father who he looks up to as a role model than all these yahoos in Hollywood that have not one ounce moral apptitude.

Mommy... MommyLove86

Pentecostals are not crazy. This could be in any religion. This is a family going too far, he is clearly mimicking. Its good to see he pays attention in church though. My father is pentecostal, I am not, they are like any other religion, man made. As long as they teach from the bible what difference does the "religion" matter. Judgement at its finest "christians"!

cocob... cocobeannns

I heard some of these kids on the radio the other day, my local station was playing a snippet of one of the videos. These kids sound possessed. I'm not religious, and I don't mean to offend anyone. But, I do not get this. It is so wierd to me.

Violeta Gill

eye rolling@QueenLaQueefa that is your opinion.  Some people need to learn to respect others choices about religion. Not just bash the bible.

He will decide if he wants to be a preacher or not when he is older.

Gentr... Gentry129

That is just creepy. Doesn't make me want to go to church, next thing you know this baby is going to be speaking in tongues. I don't like when people show boat their kids, and when you throw God into it, it leaves me with an uneasy feeling. :(

PonyC... PonyChaser

This reminds me of those kids that we talked about several weeks ago, who recited the Koran by memory. Each religion has its own "thing".

As to this boy specifically... he is following along in Daddy's footsteps. Preachin' is the family business, and, frankly, there's nothing wrong with it. Look at Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He's a champion racer, just like his dad was. Plenty of people do it.  I have no problem with it, provided he is given a balanced education and he is allowed to choose *not* to preach as he grows older. And, as someone else said, if his calling should take him to something like Buddhism, that that choice is accepted, as well.

malex... malexander2009

It is kind of cute that he wants to immitate his dad. That is what I want my son to do. 

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