Ever heard something like that?

So maybe it’s the weekend. All the kids at the school are out partying and getting wasted, “yolo’ing.” Chances are, there are students from your youth group out there right along with the rest. Meanwhile, you’re at home, reading, doing homework, or listening to music. Let’s say it’s 10:00, Saturday night. While the coolest kids in town are puking at the party, you’re having a cup of tea and reading your Bible.

If you’re like me, and have a past of puking on Saturday nights, you’ll occasionally look at the clock and get a surge of dissapointment. I mean, it can be overwhelming. You get thoughts like, “Imagine if someone from school saw me reading right now.” It sounds silly to be harrased by such a thought, but if you’ve had them, you know how opressive it can be.

These thoughts are indeed from the enemy, but I would be digressing right now to go into that. The point is this: If you’re a student in a secular school, you won’t fit in. If you do, you need to see what compromises you’re making.

The feeling of, as I put it, “not fitting in,” can come from many angles. Ever had a swearing teacher (rhetorical) while you refused to be one who swears? Been in a class full of sex-driven students? The worst thing for me is being in a youth group with people who are starting to fall away, have sex and do drugs. When they see you acting out your faith, they call you old faishoned, or at least show it by their actions. Nothing is worse than sin spreading within the Church. It devours like flesh-eating disease, and requires nothing less that the Holy Spirit to stop. Needless to say, this can be the greatest discouragement for any student or pastor.

That’s a lot of gloom to consider, but let’s shift the tone to wrap things up. When Christianity first arose in the Middle-East – and indeed many countries today – Christians never really had the problem of feeling like they weren’t fitting in. (Of course, we Christians today should never worry about that, but alas, sin is here with us.) A man or woman knew full well that Christians were being mocked, persecuted and put to death for faith in Jesus before they ever made the commitment to Him. We hear brave accounts of suffering for Christ and stand in awe, yet we want our best friend to think we’ve got swagger. Something’s not right.

What I’m getting at is that we don’t need to be ashamed of the Gospel. We need to know how big, powerful, and beautiful our Saviour is. Listen to Paul: “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord… who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…” 2 Timothy 1:8-9. That right there is more than we could ever ask or expect from anyone. Instead of being ashamed, let us be proud of our God.

Hopefully, I’ve laid out here what this blog will be about. It doesn’t matter what gender or nationality or even denomination you are – those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins are “sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together…” 1 Corinthians 1:2. All around the world, we are one body, yes, Christ’s body. As I go through high school myself, I want to share my thoughts and advice with anyone who is going the same setting. I pray that God use my words if He wishes for anyone that can use them.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.