From Lane Noble
To my brothers and sisters in Christ who are of high school age,
I thank God for all of you, because you’re living in an age where it’s very difficult to be a teenage Christian. There are less high school students who believe in God now than ever before. Even in just the three years that I’ve been out of school, the level of godlessness of the younger generations has increased dramatically.
While I wasn’t a high school student in exactly the same context as you are, the storm of godlessness that now permeates our world was threatening to form during my high school years. In the years since I graduated, there are three things that I wish I knew as a Christian in high school. I want to share them with you:
1. Cling to the Bible like it’s your lifeline…because it is.
You know how poorly you function without food. If you don’t get the proper nutrition that you need, you don’t focus as well. You aren’t as strong without it. In some cases you want to pass out.
Jesus tells us that the Bible is just like food in that we need it just as much as we need food. He says this in Mathew 4:4 when He says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Just as we become physically weak without eating food, we become spiritually weak without the Bible. The only difference is we can never have too much Bible. We can have too much food (You learn that one the hard way).
You will notice a difference in the way you think and live if you are constantly reading the Bible. Don’t just read the daily verse on the Bible app, although that can be helpful. Actually read the Bible. You can even listen to good sermons and read good articles about the Bible. It doesn’t have to be a long time of reading. Most Bible chapters are short, so a chapter a day can be very helpful. Or listen to it while doing chores or jogging.
2. Recognize That God Knows Best, Not Those Around You
A lot of times as teenagers we think that our situations are unique and therefore we have a good excuse to not to do what the Bible says. In fact, that kind of thinking is even common amongst adults!
There is no excuse for disobeying Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that the Bible contains everything we need for “life and godliness.” Everything we need to know to be godly is in the Bible. He would never give us a command we couldn’t keep. (Hebrews 4:15)
Now this kind of thinking was a problem for me when I was in high school. It’s even more of a problem for high schoolers now. The reason is is because the culture that we live in is working hard to get everyone to accept ungodly philosophies.
I want you to read this part carefully, because it’s important. God gets to define gender and sexuality. Not the world. Holding to the Bible’s view of gender and sexuality is not the same as mistreating the LGBTQ+ community, no matter what the world says. There is nothing less loving than allowing someone to continue in their sin. Period. The most loving thing you can do for your LGBTQ+ friends is share the good news of Jesus dying for their sins and being risen from the dead.
I mentioned the above example because it’s the most common one nowadays. It’s not the only one, however, and it can be difficult to think biblically about them. That leads me to the next one.
3. Beware of False Teachers
When the Bible talks about false teachers, we typically think about the conservative religious ones. Like the Mormons or the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
However, false teachers aren’t always easy to spot. Sometimes they look like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sometimes they look like non-Christian preachers. Sometimes they are talk show hosts or famous celebrities. Sometimes they are YouTubers or Tik Tok celebrities. Sometimes they even look like your school teachers or school principal.
Let me be clear. Your teachers and school principal deserve all the respect you can give them. However, that doesn’t mean that everything that they teach you will be in line with God’s Truth. I even had a teacher one time that had me read an entire article about why my beliefs about the Bible were wrong, and one of the questions on my test later on in that unit was whether or not the Bible was considered consistent with modern science. I answered yes by the way. That wasn’t the answer my teacher was looking for.
Whether they be school teachers, celebrities, TV producers, or talk show hosts, false teachers are working very hard to draw you into their view of the world and away from God. Many will stop at nothing to get you to violate your convictions. Do not do it. I beg of you do not do it.
There are many resources that can help you defend your faith against the teachings of these false teachers. Here are just a few:
There are a number of books and documentaries that can help you as well. Your pastor should also be able to help you defend your faith.
I write this to you because I want you to thrive in your walk with Christ and to be a light for Jesus in your community. I pray that God will continue to grow you and to make you more like Himself.
Your brother in Christ,