F.requentlyA.sked Q.uestions
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other topics that concern our youth and their parents
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1. How can you be Christian and hardcore? punk? hip-hop? rastah? etc

To be hardcore, or punk, or hip hop implies that each is a way of life. Such as being a Christian is a way of life. Unfortunately none of them are ways of life. They are merely styles of music. One can make it their life and their main focus leaving God out, that is where the problem comes in.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. Exodus 20:4

2. How is it glorifying to God, it sounds so angry?

What makes any style more acceptable than another? God looks at our heart, not the outward appearance, we are the ones who get stuck on that. If you doubt someone’s heart, read their lyrics, try to e-mail them do something, do not just assume. Maybe your thoughts will be confirmed maybe not. But I challenge you to try and be willing to accept it if you were wrong.

Clap your hands, all you nations;Shout to God with cries of Joy.
Ps. 47:1
You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
Luke 16:15
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment. John 7:24

3. Is dying your hair, getting tattooed or pierced wrong?

That is fully between you and God, but do not do it for selfish reasons. God knows your heart and your intentions.

If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit. Let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless. If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted. Job 31:5-8
In whatever you do in word of deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.
Colossians 3:17

4. What is the difference between sXe (straight edge) and Christian?

The label straight edge is pretty much morals without Jesus. They have many things in common with Christians, but one key detail is missing, Jesus. Why classify yourself by a worldly label when you can associate yourself with the God above and your savior who died for you?

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2-3

Why does God allow trials in my life?

Though it is difficult to see at the time, facing trials is very beneficial. Through trials, no matter how hard they seem, if we turn to God he helps us through and we come out stronger. So I encourage you do not be discouraged by trials but embrace them as a time for spiritual growth.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds. Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

6. Is smoking cigarettes and drinking wrong?

It is wrong in the sense that it does not help you at all, and can cause medical problems in the future. It does state in the Bible however that we are not to do anything in excess. God will allow you to do anything because he gives us a freewill but we will have consequences for the sins we choose to commit.

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine. Who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper....read Proverbs 23:29-35

7. Should I only listen to Christian music?

That is strictly between you and God. God will let you now what you can intake without being affected. Depending on the person they may be able to take in more with much prayer, and spiritual shielding. I for example have to listen to non Christian music on occasion to make my ministry work. But be wary, music has a huge effect on us whether we know it or not. Ask God to reveal it to you, he will make it known.

Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless men and fall from your secure position. 2 Peter 3:17

8. I believe in God, that’s good right?

I will admit that is a start. But where is the faith? I could look at a chair and say I believe that chair will hold me up if I sit in it, but if I never put faith in it and give it a chance to do so, how am I trusting in it?

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-- and they shudder. James 2:19

9. What's wrong with cussing, does it really matter?

Yes, first of all what is the point of cussing? You can think of much more entertaining words then the ever so bland four letter variety. Second of all God has called us to stand out in this world, and when people realize you do not cuss, or smoke, or have sex for that matter, they are going to wonder why. God willing they will ask and that opens up a witnessing opportunity for you.

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one Colossians 4:6

10. My kids listen to depressing and vulgar lyrics, what should I do?

It is different for all kids, for some kids you may need to be very straight forward with them about the problem. Others that approach may only drive them away and make them "rebel" against you. My suggestion is meet them on common ground, find out who they listen to, read their lyrics (it may be pretty hard to take but do it). Then find Christian artists that sound similar. i.e. (my kid likes “Slipknot” non Christian so he would like”Living Sacrifice” Christian). The lists on this site are pretty extensive and give many alternatives to the non Christian music of today.

11. How can I approach my child about their music?  What if they get defensive?

You have to show kids that you understand them and get a common ground with them before they will even think to listen to you.  Do not let them feel attacked when you talk to them, they will be on their guard from the get go.  In casual conversation bring up things that they listen to, news you have heard, Christian bands they may enjoy.  Do not single them out.  If all you do is condemn them for things you do not agree with they will only be more upset.  “They will know we are Christians by our love” just love your child, and let Jesus shine through you.  Offering to buy them a Christian alternative to any of their music might help as added incentive.  Free music is always a plus.

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