Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and year. It’s always so strange when Christmas and the year is over. Christmas seemed to come really quickly when my Mom, brother, and I returned from my brother’s wedding in China, on the 22nd. Our time there was so much fun, and the wedding was just beautiful. I had such a great time meeting my new-sister-in-law, and we got to eat at a Korean BBQ and hotpot place, visit the world’s largest research base for Giant Pandas, and just have a great time with them!
It was a blast and I look back and have so many fond memories. In addition, Christmas was great. We had my grandparents over, some of my siblings, and we were just very blessed! How was your Christmas? What did you all do?
Today’s post is something that came to me awhile ago and I believe that it is a relevant topic for today’s teens.
My Parent’s Faith
I grew up in Christian household and was taught about Jesus and the Bible at an early age. At approximately the age of 5 years, I accepted Christ as my Savior. Growing up as a Christian was normal, and every day part of life. I went to church, we had Christian academic material and my parents were involved in bible studies and such.
Christianity was part of my life and it was partially because of my parents. They taught me about the Bible and Jesus, and I was surrounded by Christans.
An Important Question
I think that a lot of Christian teens that grow up in a Christian household, are taught by their parents (obviously), and our faith in God is a normal part of our everyday lives–makes sense right? This is not to say that growing up in a Christian household is a bad thing. On the contrary, it is a wonderful blessing and a chance to really grow as a child of God.
Nevertheless, there can be issues. There seems to be a double problem with “Christian” teens giving up their faith, those being a weak foundation and never really having a personal faith aside from their parents. This article focuses on the latter.
This is an important question to ask ourselves as teens: is our faith our own? Is it our parents? Are we only really going to church, praying, etc., just because this is how we grew up? Do I really believe in Jesus, the Bible, and is this important to me?
Unfortunately, I think a number of teens grow up “Christian” because their parents are and taught them so, but a serious, and in-depth examination of whether a teen’s faith is their own, personal choice, is never made.
A faith that is not our own cannot stand in adversity. If we do not believe and value it, then we will not keep it–fight for it.
Many times as children, we take up what our parents do. That’s how we generally live, think, and act for a time. Obviously we don’t do everything, but it is natural to live as our parents do. Of course, as we become teens, we start becoming independent and begin finding out who we are as an individual. We begin to determine what is important to us, what we truly value.
Unfortunately, it’s around this time that some realize that Christ was never really their friend or their Savior. Faith is their parent’s thing, but not theirs.
This needs to stop.
As young Christian teens, we need to know where we stand. We need to be grounded in faith, in our own personal and firm commitment. Leaning on our parent’s faith/someone else’s faith isn’t good enough, nor is it right.
These questions about whether our faith is genuine and ours, are important.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (1 Corinthians 13:5).
Genuine faith in Christ does not stand on another’s faith but comes from a personal seeking and acceptance of Jesus into one’s life.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35).
I hope you have been challenged and if you haven’t determined if your faith is real and your own, I would encourage you to do so–to ask the important question.
Is your faith your own? What do you think? Have you ever asked yourself or examined whether your faith is founded in your decision to accept Christ, or based off of someone else’s? Would you disagree or agree on this topic? Do you think that it is important to ask this question? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!