Religion and Teenagers

Cassie is a 16 – year old from Los Angeles, CA.  She enjoys acting, playing guitar and spending time with her younger brothers. Her favorite subject is English because she wants to be a writer.

 

 

The phase of adolescence is often defined as the age of self-discovery.  One primary element of this “self-discovery” concept is the value of teen ethics and morality.  In public and private high schools throughout America, teenagers with a commitment to their own religion have a large influence on the social dynamic of the high school environment.  While religiously devoted teens do not impose their set of values upon groups of students, they do set a standard of ethics and morality through their lifestyle.

A fair amount of high school students are involved in Religious Youth Programs in their local community.  Teen Christian Clubs in high schools often strive to promote abstinence among their peers.  A popular Christian Teen trend is the “purity ring.” Teenagers wear purity rings as a statement regarding their belief of abstinence until marriage.  By publicly showcasing their morals, Christians share their core beliefs and encourage other teenagers to consider their options as well.

Religious Youth Programs can also directly influence their community by creating outreach programs.  Such Religious Youth Ambassadors are not preachers or converters.  Youth volunteers simply supply moral support to students who have lost faith in the goodness of humanity.  Religious teenagers often give back to their community through service programs affiliated with their church such as Free Dinners for the Homeless and Peer Counseling Programs.

Religious core values of any individual often affect one’s political views.  In the high school community, moral and ethical principles influence a teenager’s political standpoint.  This influence stems from a religiously diverse student body create a dynamic group of citizenship.  Teenagers’ religious opinions can help form the foundation of their political views, thus creating a more politically active youth.

Through these examples of house religious teenagers influence their community, it is evident that the character o any culture is defined by one’s actions and reactions to efforts of implementing moral values.  Teens who are dedicated to their religion show strong evidence of their ability to morally change their culture.

 

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3 thoughts on “Religion and Teenagers”

  1. I strongly disagree with the main points raised in this article. First and foremost, I find it ridiculous that you believe religion is necessary to implement strong morals. Anybody can donate money and time to a charity, or serve food at a shelter, or counsel their peers, etc. In fact, a lot of the time it is non religious teens (and adults) who are far more involved in their community because they focus on multiple causes instead of just the one or two that their church (or temple, or whatever) is connected to. I also believe that, in general, atheists are actually far more moral than their religious counterparts, because they participate in community service because they believe in helping people and creating a better world, while those who participate through a church are often doing so because they fear that they will be punished by God if they do not. I am not saying that religious people do not care about making the world a better place, just that sometimes they have additional motives in community service that detract from what the true purpose should be. 
    Secondly, the paragraph beginning with “Religious core values of any individual often affect one’s political views…” really bothers me. Our nation implements the separation of church and state, and has done so since the beginning when the founding fathers made clear that this country and its political system are not (and never should be) connected to or influenced by any religion. I don’t know how you think religion influences politics as a teenager, but it should not, and in my experience it does not.

  2. I strongly disagree with the main points raised in this article. First and foremost, I find it ridiculous that you believe religion is necessary to implement strong morals. Anybody can donate money and time to a charity, or serve food at a shelter, or counsel their peers, etc. In fact, a lot of the time it is non religious teens (and adults) who are far more involved in their community because they focus on multiple causes instead of just the one or two that their church (or temple, or whatever) is connected to. I also believe that, in general, atheists are actually far more moral than their religious counterparts, because they participate in community service because they believe in helping people and creating a better world, while those who participate through a church are often doing so because they fear that they will be punished by God if they do not. I am not saying that religious people do not care about making the world a better place, just that sometimes they have additional motives in community service that detract from what the true purpose should be. 
    Secondly, the paragraph beginning with “Religious core values of any individual often affect one’s political views…” really bothers me. Our nation implements the separation of church and state, and has done so since the beginning when the founding fathers made clear that this country and its political system are not (and never should be) connected to or influenced by any religion. I don’t know how you think religion influences politics as a teenager, but it should not, and in my experience it does not.

  3. If religion affected politics, all Christians would be Anarchists.  If this doesn’t make sense to you, please research Anarchism a bit more, from the source, not from the ones that are against it.  Just like you wouldn’t research Christianity from a Satanist.

    Thank you greatly.

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