Every Christian is implored to have influence in their culture. This seems like a daunting task for youth - to do something “big” for God. As a church, we need to help youth understand that influencing our culture can simply be having spiritual conversations with another student at their lunch table, soccer practice, while riding bikes with the kid down the street, or through posts on social media. Teaching youth to live with wisdom in their culture makes them shine as a city on a hill as Jesus describes in Matthew 5:
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Church, how are we being the light just as our mission statement says to make disciples? This has a major impact on teens in influencing this culture. Parents are you doing this at home? You can help your youth by teaching through wisdom from scripture, sharing about a spiritual conversation at work or at the store, or going out and having spiritual conversations together.
Right now we at home and majority of the activities we are normally demanding our attention have changed to the events around the house. Can we take this time to reset, step away from the cultural distractions, and do something “big” for God?