The Words of a 12th Grade Christian

Walt Mueller linked a great article today written by a senior in high school, speaking about her faith. The article is titled, “I’m a Christian, not a StereoType.”

WHAT FIRST COMES to mind when you think of Christians? They’re basically good people, but maybe a little confused, right?

That’s one of the kinder descriptions I’ve heard. The mental image is often unflattering, and public opinion rarely seems sympathetic. They’re killjoys, zealots, narrow-minded bigots. Whether presented as laughable stock characters or intolerant “fundies,” Christians today carry some unappealing stigmas.

But I am proud to say I am a Christian.

I have attended the same church since birth, and a Christian school since the age of 2. My grandfather was a pastor, my father is a Bible teacher and my mother is the principal of a Christian elementary school. But while this setting paints a predictable portrait, my circumstances do not make me a Christian. Rather, the cornerstone of my faith is my personal acceptance of Jesus Christ, which motivates me to live a life that pleases him. Not a single area of my life has been untouched by this decision…

Wow… great writing. Click here for the whole article. This would be a great peice to let your kids read and discuss.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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