Recently, I posted about our Q&A times with students at teen camps and retreats. (one way in church, another way at home, dad on the internet) How do you avoid wrong influences when you live with them? How do you take a stand with your friends/what do you do when you have a friend that is becoming rebellious? How do you separate from bad friends without hurting them or making them think you’re stuck up? These questions reveal a lot of real life issues and a strong desire to know “why” or “how.” As adults, we ignore this list to our own detriment.
Over the past five years, hundreds of questions consistently revolve around the same themes. How can I be a witness to my friends and still be accepted? What’s dangerous or wrong with being physical before marriage? Why is it so hard to be consistent in the Christian life as a teenager? What is appropriate and modest clothing for a Christian and why? This is what our young adults are seeking to understand. This is what holds them back spiritually, emotionally, etc.
Next was this worrying verse endorsing genocide, from 1 Samuel 15:3: "This is what the Lord Almighty says ...
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3: A command of Moses: “Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus ) No.
4: The ending of Psalm 137, a psalm which was made into a disco calypso hit by Boney M, is often omitted from readings in church: “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalm 137:9) No.