‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. (Matt 5:10)
We can read this quote and it can seem so disconnected from us. We live in a time and place where faith is a personal matter unless you are a ‘lunatic’. It’s easy to ‘go with the flow’ and not ‘make waves’. Standing up for your beliefs can be treating others with respect. It can also take a more public form, regarding government policies. Standing up for your faith can have a polarising effect on others. Those that are not happy with your stand can make life difficult for you – in small ways or large.
Needing the approval of others, developmentally, young people may not wish to stand out. However, their sense of justice is strong. If we can appeal to that sense, we can guide them to discern their beliefs and they may choose to act to build justice and right relationships – which brings God’s kingdom closer.
Have a great week!