by Jay Younts of Shepherd Press – Answers to Your Questions
Help your teenagers see how it works out for the world.
Teenagers raised in Christian homes in this culture face a difficult dilemma. Mom and Dad have one view of how to live; the world around them has another. It is vital that parents recognize the significance of this battle.
For example, Mom’s and Dad’s idea of what is cool might be something like this: believing and loving the Bible, being a virgin, using clean and respectful speech, dress that protects rather than exposes, refraining from buzz drinking and recreational drugs, openly honoring one’s parents. Now put yourself in the place of your teenager. Often, in their world, what I have just described is the profile of a social outcast. It is important to understand the price teenagers will pay if they buy into what you think is cool.
Elected leaders, school systems, colleges, entertainment producers, media, and many peers all promote a very different version of cool from what is listed above. Parents, if you want your children to buy into something different than what the world is selling, you need credibility in your relationship with God and with your teenagers. You have to be committed to God above all else. Your children need to know this. They also need to know that you are committed to them, even when they disagree with your decisions. You can help by having a clear, realistic view of the temptations they face.
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