Advice From A Christian Teen

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Most teens start in their teen years and just think it is going to be a breeze. What they believe is crucial because it will affect their growing up years and where they will end up in adulthood. There are two types of teens some would say; the Rebels and Christians.

Some would say there are few Christian teens left and others disagree. But what does it really mean to be a “Christian Teen”? It means that you give your whole life to Christ and that you devote your teen years to obeying Him.  While teens may think they can “breeze through” their teen years, they don’t understand that that is the most important time in their life. They can help determine someone’s future; whether they will be in heaven or hell. Not only do they have influence over other teens, but they have the power to change a life forever.

Some things that parents can do to help their kids achieve a spiritual walk with God through their teen years.

1.) Encourage them to go to church with you. This helps them understand that not only do you care, but you want to be involved too.

2.) Invite some other Christian teens over to help your teen seek friendships in Christ.

3.) Give them a Bible. Try to be specific when picking one out. (Ex. Women of Faith Bible, The Bible for Boys Only)

4.) Love them. Just by loving your teenager wholeheartedly, they will see how you love and love in return.

Don’t try to force Christianity onto your child. It makes them rebel and do things that they will regret in the future. So the best thing you can do for them right now is encourage them and love them. Tell them that if they set their mind to it, they can do anything! But don’t spoil them.

A pastor once said, “Good Christian parents discipline their children so that they can prepare them for the harder things in life.” He went on to say that everybody will encounter temptation, anger, hatred, lust, and weakness, but with God’s help anything is possible. So just encourage your teen as much as possible. They will in turn repay you. Whether it be in heaven or on earth.

Matthew 16:26

“What good is a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

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2 thoughts on “Advice From A Christian Teen”

  1. As a Christian teen myself, I must give the author a lot of credit for this article. She brought up some good points and gave sound advice. I am positive that it will help parents out there encourage faith in their teens. There is one thing in this article, however, that bothered me a great deal. That thing is a quote from the first few lines: “There are two types of teens some would say; the Rebels and Christians.” This may sound harsh; but it needs to be said. That line is absolutely false, prejudiced and wrong.

    Let me start off by saying that I have many atheist friends. They do not believe in any God, and most never have. Are they the rule breaking rebels you seem to think they are? No, not at all. These friends follow the rules, get respectable grades and are compassionate people. None of them have ever done wrong by me and have become some of the best companions I have ever had. Certainly, nothing like you seem to think they are.

    As a Christian, I’m sure you despise it when people insult your religion or you for following it. You have every right to feel that way, too; nobody deserves to have themselves, their interests or their beliefs degraded. So, just as it’s wrong to be looked at in a negative light because of your religion, it’s wrong to look at all atheists as rebels because of their beliefs. Besides, not only is it wrong; but it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

  2. Though this article is old, I feel the need to comment.

    Only two types of teens: Christian or rebellious? That is close minded at best. What about other faiths: Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Pagan (which is not about black magick and sacrifice – at all), and the thousands of other very valid religions? The teen who rejects the religion they grew up in, to practice the one that feels right to them? Or even the Atheist teen who attends class, studies hard, participates in activity, and volunteers at the local food bank? How are these rebellious teens?

    As a teen who grew up Christian (Episcopal), and later converted to Paganism, I must say I take offense to this article. Though not a Christian, I am certainly not a “rebel”. I don’t ingest any toxic substance (including, for the most part, caffeine); I take part in my school’s community service club; I read as often as possible; I advocate for civil rights and am politically active; I don’t disrespect my parents; and certainly don’t break the law. In addition, I am also highly spiritual (though not being so does not make a teen rebellious).

    My spiritual conversion wasn’t a rebellion, either: it was finding myself. Though raised in a church, I never connected with it. I always had questions they couldn’t – or refused to – answer. Though there were times I felt such warmth, I realized it didn’t have to do with the religion: it had to do with the community, the love and connectedness to others. I never “felt” Christian. So, when I reached a certain age, I decided to search for my own answers. Eventually, I found them, and I have never regretted leaving the faith of my birth.

    Every belief system – or lack of – is valid and the choice is personal. The only time any one religion should be fought against is when they try to oppress others (take over the government and make laws based on their holy book) – and even then, it is not a fight against the religion, just its power. My faith is just as valid and True as yours.

    Also, remember this: morals don’t come from religion; they come from experience and self-searching. Some of the most immoral people have been so in strong faith, and some of the most moral in lack of.

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