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    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 jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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