Who says teenagers have nothing of worth to say? I strongly disagree with that statement. Today in my eighth grade class, we were discussing some of the sociological issues that are impacting our world today. We were discussing some of the current legislation seeking to change the traditional definition of family and marriage. Some articles from Focus on the Family and James Dobson were addressing the issue of same sex marriages and the impact that those trends are having on the traditional family.Our choices have consequences.
The current legislation introduced in New York by governor Paterson seeking to legalize same-sex marriages was one of the topics of discussion. There was no attempt at singling out one moral issue over another. The issue of same-sex marriages was being discussed relevant to the subject of societal change and the Christian worldview response. We recognize that sin is sin. The main issue was the societal trend toward accepting certain behaviors which the Bible classifies as sinful as being acceptable. It was even said that the lawmakers and advocates responded with raucous applause when the proposed legislation was announced.
One of my students made this comment, “When are we going to stop trying to convenience people?” It is a never ending cycle. Appease one truth claim and in the process you turn away another one. There has to be some standard of behavior and truth which applies to all people. It cannot be simply a matter of choice or an opinion. You can’t make everyone happy. Seek truth not popularity. There is hope in our teenagers because some of them are thinking and not simply reacting. They know there is a standard and they are seeking to follow it. They are listening for the voice of God, not the media.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.– Romans 1:25