Isn’t it funny to think about how easy it was to be a Christian when we were younger? How we were always the first ones to blurt out the answers in Sunday school, to scream Jesus in a VBS song, and inviting friends to church camp was second nature. Then around 7th and 8th grade we became embarrassed. We thought it was fine to declare our faith by writing it under the layers of our Facebook pages. We thought it was fine to be a Christian as long as we kept it separate from our school lives.
Then we started high school and we were presented with all new challenges that come with being a Christian. Our friends suddenly began to drink until they threw up and have sex with anything that was available, and we found ourselves struggling to find that balance between being cool and not rejecting everything we’ve ever believed in.
I think that in today’s society there are far too many Christians that are becoming what a friend of mine once called, “Sunday Christians.” We all have those friends or have ourselves been that person who is there without fail Sunday morning singing the hymns with mom and dad, but Saturday night are singing a much different tune with a much looser crowd.
How can we stick to our morals when no one else is following them? Haven’t you ever felt like there was too much pressure to simply be the good girl?
Matthew 5:14 states, “ You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
How much truth there is in that one verse. We are called by God to be lights in our schools, jobs, colleges, and society. We are set apart and called to be different. Our culture does not need any more people who don’t stick to their morals or stray from the path. It needs a culture filled with people who are ready to love the broken, not be the broken.
So how can we do that?
- We need to stick to what God’s word tells us to be true. By honoring His commandments before we honor a broken culture.
- We need to not be judgmental. I struggle daily with how hard it is to not compare myself to others or just judge someone for the choices they’ve made in the past. But that is not our place. After all, none of us want to be that Christian that discourages our non-Christians from coming to faith.
- Make friends with people different from you. There are too many Christians who are all too content to sit back and not associate with people who have ever done anything they deem as unforgivable. But that is not how Jesus lived. He ate with the lowest of the lows, the tax collectors, the whores, the sick. Why would we lead the seeing and not the blind?
- We need to encourage our friends who are Christians. If we see one of our friends straying or feel like we ourselves are straying, it is our duty to be there for them and expect them to hold us accountable in a nonjudgmental way.
At the end of the day it comes down to one simple question: Do you want to be a leader for God or do you want to follow the crowd?