3 Simple Techniques to Help Students Think “Christian”
By Steve Kozak
If you haven’t noticed, the western world is engaged in a political and cultural war. If you spend any time listening to talk radio, watching the news, or paying even the slightest attention to the political landscape you can’t help but think the other shoe is about to drop. Most of us haven’t seen anything like it.
But if you are a Christian youth leader or parent of a Christian teen then you have spent your fair share of sleepless nights wondering if they will be prepared for what is to come. The world is not just passively waiting for them, but coming straight at them. Have you done everything possible to get them ready?
Over the last several weeks I have been writing about students and the formation of their worldviews and how we, as their adult leaders, can walk them through the process of learning to see the world through a Christian lens and teach them what it means to, as T.S. Elliott would say, “think in Christian categories.”
But I haven’t said much in the way of the practicality of such a task. What can you do to help students navigate the latest Supreme Court decision, the latest Trump tweet, the latest in terrorist attacks, the implications of major world events like Brexit, or the newest—almost daily—cultural shift? How can you and your youth group keep absolute truth at the center of your teaching, keep students grounded in biblical values and morality, but also know how to confidently engage another without being the intolerant, bigoted, homophobic jerk, most people think Christians are?
Sheltering students is only good if sheltering means controlled exposure to the philosophies that run contrary to Jesus. Sheltering is only good if students experience calculated confrontations to worldviews different than their own. Let me offer three simple ways this can be done effectively…
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