Living up to religious convictions is difficult under the pressures of a high school environment

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As a Christian teen, I struggle with the temptations that come with being in high school every day.

And let me say—it is an uphill battle.

With scandalous behaviors becoming the norm in relationships and the constant presence of drugs at every social event, staying away from sin is easier said than done.

As a Christian teen, I struggle with the temptations that come with being in high school every day.

And let me say—it is an uphill battle.

With scandalous behaviors becoming the norm in relationships and the constant presence of drugs at every social event, staying away from sin is easier said than done.

Walking the fine line between social acceptance and following values is treacherous and more often marked by incidents of falling into sin than triumphing over it.

Religion is a difficult concept to completely understand and even more so to stay true to in the breeding ground for sin that is in the high school environment.

Whether you are Christian or any other number of religions, chances are you believe in a strict set of moral principles. But most teens, no matter how religious they proclaim to be, throw caution to wind.

A survey by the Health Resources and Services Administration stated that 46 percent of high school students are sexually active and the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed nearly 23 percent of seniors smoke marijuana.

It is so much easier to conform to low standards of your peers to fit in than to stand up for what you believe in only to be singled out. Unlike the disciples of the Bible, most teens do not take persecution in stride and would much rather go with the crowd.

One solution to this explosion of Sunday Christians is found in the creation of Christian clubs.

Many high schools now have Christian clubs that meet in classrooms throughout the week. Bible studies, deep discussions and even musical worship are just a few things that make up these clubs.

Many churches only offer Sunday services, but these clubs provide a place where Christian teens can meet other Christians in a safe environment where they can openly talk about their religion without fear of persecution.

It is these clubs that focus on a key point of many religions and community. By coming together and being accepting of people of all religions we can make high school a better place.

 

Nicholas Vaughn is a senior in Valhalla High School’s journalism program.

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