Finding Balance

One of the many struggles I have to face every day is trying to remain relevant to the teens that God has called me to work with. In 1 Corinthians 9:22, Paul states that he “became all things to all people, so that I might save some.” This is not a command to sin, but Paul using his freedom in Christ to help others come to know Christ. So what does that look like practicaly.

As a youth pastor, I must remain relevant to the kids that God has placed me in charge of without compromising the Gospel. I try to listen to the styles of music they listen to so that I can offer some Christian alternatives. Most recently, there was quite a buzz about the movie Deadpool. It is an R-rated superhero movie. Many of my students and leaders, myself included, were excited about watching it. I began to research this movie, and in that research I discovered that it was not only a violent movie, but it was going to be a movie filled with explicit and multiple sex scenes. This caused me to stand in front of the youth and tell them that it was not a good idea to see this movie. I explained that as a Christian, we are to be set apart from things of the world.

So how did Paul accomplish this all things stuff without compromise. Well, I believe he did it by keeping Christ at the center of all he did. So, the challenge still remains. We need to remain relevant to reach the people God places in our lives, but if we become like them, then we have no testimony. Maybe I am over thinking this. As long as I keep Christ as my focus, my students will see that I can still relate while living a life that is pleasing to God. And I guess that is where we all have to be: loving and living for Christ, and yet being willing to meet people where they are, accepting where they are. After all, isn’t that what Christ did for all of us?

Pastor Derrick