This topic is adapted from the Bryan & Tracy Dwyer YouTube channel.
Going into a public high school or college can be hard. It can be even more difficult if you have beliefs that are contrary to those of the world. Here are a few tips to help you to confront the secularism you will find in your high school or college.
- Expect secularism to be the norm. If you are going into any kind of public school secularism will be the norm. Viewing things in the same way that Jesus viewed things will put you on the outskirts. Going into it with this expectation will make things easier.
- Have a quiet confidence in your biblical worldview. You know what the Bible says, so you should be seeking acceptance from God, not your peers. You don’t have to be a jerk or be weird about it, you just have to be confident in your beliefs.
- Find some allies. There will be people that view the world like you do. It is very important that you find these people and surround yourself with them. These people can help to keep you accountable in public school environments. It is so easy to get sucked into the worldly actions of those surrounding you. You are supposed live in the world, but not of the world. So this doesn’t mean you withdraw your influence from everything completely, but you just don’t fall into the sin of the world.
- Just do your part. As you represent Christ in you school atmosphere people will become interested in what you believe. You part is to share truth in love to anyone who will listen, and hopefully bring others to Christ. The people who refuse to listen shouldn’t influence you negatively. You just have to show them love, and share with those who are willing to listen.
Use these tips to survive the secularism that you will find in your school. It can be hard to stand firm in your beliefs when you are constantly bombarded by worldly ideas. If you follow these tips then you will be able to survive whatever the world is thrown at you.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Identify three key tenets of your worldview.
- How confident are you in your biblical beliefs?
- Make a list of your worldview “allies.”
- In your own words, describe “your part” on campus.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.