Stop trying to be cool

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How the desire to fit in can tempt you to turn your back on Jesus.

A few years ago now, I was a High Schooler. As a teen, I learned a few quick things about what students around me considered cool and not cool:

What's cool:

  • Acting like you don't really care about anything
  • Talking about people behind their backs
  • Talking about how wild your weekend was
  • Being exclusive and not including anyone outside your group

What's not cool:

  • Standing up for what you believe (especially as a Christian)
  • Saying, "I don't like to bring people down, I like to build them up"
  • Being nice
  • Looking out for others and being inclusive

I may have gone to a school of particularly not-so-lovely people. But, assuming not much has changed, if you're a Christian teen who wants to be socially accepted by the masters of cool, you will eventually face a dilemma:

A. Try and be cool, but compromise your beliefs 

B. Don't worry about being cool

Which one are you choosing at the moment?

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 says, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Delighting in evil is when you join in the laughter at that kid no-one likes. It's when you put others down to make yourself feel better. It's when you deny Jesus so you can be accepted by your peers.

Don't be like that. 

Instead, be the kind of person who doesn't care about cool. The kind of person who protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. A person like Jesus, who didn't try and fit in with the "important" people, but reached out to help the weak, to include the broken, and to comfort the lonely.

If you're a Christian, don't try and be like the cool kids. Try and be like Jesus. You may not get the acceptance you want in the school yard, but you will get a warm welcome from Jesus when you finally meet him face-to-face.

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    Joseph

    I really love this article but what if someone is trying to fit in a Christian youth then what do we do?

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    Fervr

    Could you explain a little more what you mean Joseph?

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    Joseph

    Well i dont care for fitting in with secular world, i mean how do we impress other christians, because there are christians at my church and seems like they dont like me, and sometimes i feel like they dont understand that it is hard to make christian friends so how do i fit in with other christians

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    Shenna

    hello

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    Shenna

    Be friendly and open. Be the awesome person that you are! Don’t be afraid, God is with you.. here are a couple of ideas to build friendship with other christians, try asking them about their faith and inturn do the same, or ask a question about a passage in the Bible that you don’t understand and start a discussion. Be the teenager you are and have chill and proper at the same time. But most of all, pray about it. you said that you wanted to impress other christians, and that you think they don’t like or accept you. Well, you shouldn’t worry too much about what they think rather you should consider about what God thinks of you, first and foremost.  Before you ask or do anything ask yourself, ” What would Jesus do?” or better yet ask Him, ” Jesus, what would you do in my situation?” He’ll speak to you and guide you .. Then slowly over time, you’ll be loving and attractive just as Jesus was when He was on Earth attracting hundreds of thousands of people!

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    Shenna

    excuse me, I meant chill, have fun and proper manners at the same time :)

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    Joseph

    thank you that really helps alot
    Godbless

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    Neally

    Thanks I needed that .

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    Takanayi

    The article is right, its better to fit in to heaven rather than here on earth.

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    Retsel

    Amen :-)

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    Anthony

    Well said..Amen

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