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AudgPaudg

AudgPaudg

Recently my Sunday School teacher has found “discussion time” very intruiging and beneficial. Unfortunately, she’s opening a bunch of doors that shouldn’t be opened. For instance: This “discussion” has led to judgemental debates about gay marriage (which our church is against), and it’s becomming quite condescending.
I’m not totally sure what to do about this. I don’t read the Bible a lot (I know I know I’m working on it), so I’m sort of at fault for my own spiritual life’s decrease, but I need a place where I can come together with God-filled Christian teenagers that don’t bash me for my beliefs. That’s not what church is for! I’m there to LEARN about how I’m supposed to live my life, not DEFEND my faith! Right?
Anyways, part of me doesn’t want to go back. The other part of me wants to talk to the teacher to stop these “peaceful debates” that I know will destroy friendships, and more importantly, the church.
Any suggestions?

January 11, 2015 at 08:40
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StarySky

Pay about it! Be compassionate and respectful, but firm as well. Give insight on why you believe what you do. If they don’t want to listen just let it go. But stand up for God no matter what anyone says about Him

January 20, 2015 at 10:10
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FA429

I think your Sunday school teacher has a good idea, but it’s branching off in the wrong directions. I personally enjoy discussing/mild debating concerning theology and beliefs because it’s nice to have a new perspective or insight. However, it never needs to escalate to arguing, especially in church. While I do believe church is an important place to learn how to defend your faith (you’ll need it when witnessing) I don’t think it should be taught by backing you into a corner. If these discussions are progressing into hurtful arguments, I advise you to share how you feel with the teacher. But if the debates are more tame, be a little open minded. There’s usually a lot to learn for the opinions of other Christians. Above all, pray!

February 15, 2015 at 18:47
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bacook

Consider approaching your teacher about your concerns, I’m sure she’d be open and willing to listen. I know it can be nerve wrecking, however we all need to step outside of our comfort zones. Your teacher will probably be very pleased that you were responsible enough to confront her and politely voice your concerns. And as the others have said, pray for strength and wisdom to discern between the truth and the lies. Good luck!

February 16, 2015 at 03:47
Pianist 4 Christ

Pianist 4 Christ

Oh my goodness I feel the exact same way right now! At my church camp this summer we had tons of debates about gay marriage, abortion, transgenders, and UGGGHHH I just got so frustrated! Shouldn’t church be where you can find common ground with people and just be in the moment with Jesus, and not have to defend what you believe? What I’ve found is to pray about it and to pray for those you disagree with. Blessings to you!

September 9, 2015 at 04:18
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ctren

I think you should send your youth group leader an email or an anonymous note. She needs to know how you feel about it and can hopefully create an environment that promotes discussion but doesn’t make you feel put on the spot for maybe holding differing beliefs.

September 11, 2015 at 06:11
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

I actually think it’s a good idea to allow discussion. Churches need to talk about these things, instead of just telling you what to believe. Read the bible for yourself, develop your beliefs, TALK and LEARN. People may disagree with you, but that doesn’t mean they are “bashing” you 🙂

October 6, 2015 at 17:08
littleskittle2102

littleskittle2102

I think it’s a great idea. If you only listen to your pastor on their opinions, you are just blindly following them. But If you guys are actually talking about the big issues, then you learn to understand what the bible really says. This isn’t saying that your pastor isn’t telling you what the bible really says, but it makes your faith deeper and more personal.

May 17, 2016 at 09:25
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