“Can Christian teens listen to secular music?” “I like to dance, is that alright?” “Is it really lying if it’s just a little lie?” “What’s wrong with the way I dress? “Can Christian teens date?” “I have a boyfriend, can we kiss?” “How far is too far?” “What is acceptable for me to do as a Christian teen and not lead a totally boring life???”
Today’s Christian teens and teens in general have a whole lot of questions that they are seeking answers to. They want a list of absolute dos and don’ts to guide their lives by. Many of the questions that they ask are really a matter of opinion or personal belief system. There are no places in the Bible that list specifically every concern that you may have. However we all have that still inner voice called our conscience that lets us know when we are doing something wrong.
There are many questions that I have been asked by Christian teens which I have no simple answer for. I’ve also found that usually those doing the asking already have what they think the answer should be in mind and simply want someone to agree with them and give them license to do what they really want to do. However this is not what Christianity is about. Christianity isn’t about how much you can get away with doing and still be considered a Christian. Christianity is about living a life that pleases your heavenly father.
So to Christian teens and teens in general I say, don’t try to push limits to see what all you can legally or morally get away with as a teenager. Ask your heavenly father to help you to mold your life after his will. I love the way the Living Bible translates this verse in Romans.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (The Living Bible)
Remember, the adults in your life may not have all of the answers that you are seeking but in time as you grow more in your faith you will begin to learn more and more what God expects of you and what is His will for your life.
GT December 07