As a parent of a somewhat rebellious child and having dealt with literally hundreds of teen-age students, I have had ample opportunity to ponder what my approach to the lives of all of these young people were. Not only have I had an opportunity to inspect my concerns, I have also been able to observe the view of numerous other adults. What I have discovered is a little dismaying to say the very least: Most of us tend to be more concerned about each other’s Social behavior than their Spiritual behavior! I’ll give you a prime example of this, and then pontificate on it a bit more.
My son was summoned to the church for a tete a tete with the Pastor and the father of another member of the youth group. I decided it would be best if I accompanied my son, and was more than a little surprised when the other father declared upon his arrival, “Oh, I didn’t know you were going to be here, too.” I thought it interesting that he was their representing his child (who was not present), and he was surprised that I was there with mine. But, I digress.
As the discussion unraveled the other dad described my son as a totally unacceptable being as he was guilty of the big three – – Smoking, Cussin’, and Drinking. Now, while these may not be acceptable Social behavior, they also are not addressed directly in THE BIBLE. While society tends to condemn these three activities and those who practice them, God does not!
As the discussion went on, I pointed out that while on a Mission Trip in Mexico my son donated his entire life savings at that point in time (nearly $70.00), to the cause of buying new glasses for the daughter of the little village’s Pastor because they were of a special prescription and the Pastor couldn’t afford them. I pointed out that, unlike most of the members of the Youth Group, he never missed a work day to help with the furtherance of God’s work.
What I didn’t point out to this dad was that he and his wife frequently attacked one of the young ladies in our Youth Group for having Pink or Blue hair, depending on what week it was!, and always being dressed in black. They were so concerned about her outward appearance that they seemed to neglect her inward needs!
Unfortunately, many of those who consider, and call, themselves Christians fall into the same category as this dad. We are so “offended” by what a person says, does, or wears that we are unable to determine what their needs are and how to minister to them. I think the verse that we all must remember and live our lives by is
Matthew 25:40 – ‘Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.’ If we can adhere to this verse, we will find ourselves being more concerned about Spiritual things than Social things!