Being a Rebel for God

    Are teens really as awful and shallow as the media thinks? Let’s take a look:

    (1) Most of the popular songs targeted at teens contain violent or dirty lyrics.

    (2) On television and in movies, many teenagers are disrespectful, irresponsible and mean.

    (3) Nearly all the teenagers and young adults on reality shows are portrayed as sexually active.

    (4) Many commercials show teenagers with their eyes locked on the cell phone, texting and not paying attention to anything going on around them.

    This is the way society and media think that teenagers are! They think you are shallow, mean and sexually hyperactive!

    Is this how you want people to think of you?

    Being a rebel means going against what most people are doing. Many teens today act the way they see teens acting on television because they think that is what is expected of them. They’re right! That is exactly what the world expects from you.

    Be a rebel! Go against what the world expects from you.

    Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity. –1 Timothy 4:12

    If the world expects you to be sexually active before you get married, rebel and stay pure!

    If the world expects you to be disrespectful to your parents, rebel and go out of your way to show your parents respect and love.

    If the world thinks that you can’t live without your cell phone, rebel and ask your parents if it would be okay if you left your phone at home for the day!

    Not very many people are living for God today, be a rebel and show the world that you live for and love the Lord!

    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. –Romans 12:2

    How much do you think the media influences you?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I love this article! I do look up to some celebrities, and I find myself admiring how they dress, or their talents, which I believe is the purpose of celebrities. However, I don’t think I attach myself to them, or think that they shape me into the person that I am. I am my own person, and though I admire some celebrities, I do not look to them for how I believe I should act at all. Thank you, Nicole!

    2. I don’t know about many other Christian girls, but I’ve always had a bit too much fighter in me, and sometimes I would rebel against authority (bad idea). God gives each person their character for a reason; no one thing is good or bad, it depends on how you use it. Thank you for showing me how to use my rebellion in a God-pleasing manner, because I tend to be rather addicted to fighting, and I’m glad that there is a way to fight and rebel, satisfying my addiction, without defying biblical principles like “Honor your parents”. Thank you for showing me a way out. 😀

    3. I absolutely love this!! My one friend thinks I act too old bcuz I am always talking about how dumb teens are these days (well, not all the time) I’m glad someone else has the same feelings as I do about this crazy media mess!:D

    4. I won’t lie; I keep my eye on what certain celebrities are doing/wearing. I find people interesting. Do I let what they do influence me? No. In high school I was the girl that stuck out. I didn’t have a single friend there because I was unwilling to do and be what they wanted me to. I was miserable, but I was me. And that’s the best thing anyone can ask for.
      If I didn’t let my peers influence me, I most certainly am not going to let a bunch of people I’ve never met influence the decisions I make for myself. That would be silly. 🙂

    5. Have you ever heard of Alex and Brett Harris? They wrote two books (maybe more now), one of them is called “Do Hard Things” it’s like an explanation for why to be a ‘rebelutionist’ and practical applications for it. It’s a great read. This made me think of it. Thanks for sharing. I think it’s wonderful. Also, I second what MCB said. I don’t struggle so much with celebrities. I struggle more with what my friends and family think of me and what I do and say.

    6. Bethany! When I saw this post, that was the first thing I thought of! It’s amazing how so many people have a longing rebel against the expectations the world places on teens. That definitely should include the way we dress, the people we hang out with, and the music we listen to. And when we follow God whole-heartedly he’ll do incredible things through us! I love the term being a rebel for God 🙂

    7. I agree with everyone who’s been talking about the rebelution. It’s the first thing that came to mind as well. To know that there are other teens who want to defy the standards of “being a teenager” and live a meaningful life that is pleasing to God is so inspirational and moving. God bless you all.

    8. If the world expects you to be sexually active before you get married, rebel and stay pure!

      – You know, you can be a good Christian and have sex before marriage. What on Earth is wrong with that? Tell me, please. Love is virtue in God’s eyes and if you love someone, why aren’t you allowed to express it in the form of sex. Most people fall in love with more than one person in the course of their lifetimes. And they’re nothing wrong with that either. Marriage is a purely human act. There is nothing holy about it. It’s the love that is holy. That includes both hetero AND homosexual level, whether you’d like to admit it or not. And yes, many people have one night stands and meaningless sex, but it doesn’t have to be a terrible sin that renders someone into an eternally immoral slut. It happens to the best of us, as you say, no one is perfect. Look at life from a different light and maybe you’ll understand.

      • Hebrews 13:4″ Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefined; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

        Galatians 5;16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

        1 John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the World – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.”

        Lev. 18:22 Lev. 20:13
        ” “Don’t have sex with a man as one does with a woman. That is abhorrent”

        Lev. 20: 13
        ” “If a man has sex with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is abhorrent. They must be put to death; they are responsible for their own deaths.”

    9. Kyla, this article says that you should stay pure before marriage because that is what the Bible says. It is committing adultery to have sex before marriage. And God ordained marriage as a sacred institution. It says, “What God has joined together, let no man put assunder(pull apart).” And the Bible also says that marriage should be only between a man and women, not a man and man or woman and woman.

    10. To be honest, we shouldn’t even be HAVING idols anyways! We should be ourselves and want to be more like the one and only Jesus Christ! I am never going to allow the media to get in the way of my God’s unconditional love! 🙂

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