Meanwhile, all the students decide to “kiss dating goodbye” after reading Joshua Harris’ popular book.Despite this crusade for purity, though, statistics show that a great many of those same kids will fail miserably in the area that they were trying to succeed in.In response to the messages, we decided to strive for purity—setting up accountability, installing software, reading books, shielding our eyes, refusing to wear bikinis, etc. These are all great things, but it shows that we didn’t truly understand that Jesus already made us pure; all we had to do was follow Him.This time in the youth group, along with being a leader within a youth group, has shown me some important things that should be taught regarding purity.Personally, I have been through a youth group that was very similar.The Youth Pastor(s) taught purity accurately, showing that Jesus is the One who makes us pure, yet a great many of the students (including myself) didn’t fully grasp what that meant.Of course they’re small and trivial now, but at the time, I felt like my world had just ended.
So I do my best to keep the conversation alive and current. Discussing what we see on TV can be a great springboard for age-appropriate conversations about what seems inappropriate or makes you uncomfortable and why.
The girl who’s brokenhearted because her boyfriend of six whole weeks just dumped her? The boy who doesn’t want to attend youth group on Sunday night with his ex-girlfriend after they broke up the night before?
You obviously don’t want to lose him forever, but his decision to skip that one night might even be reasonable.
In every youth group across America, the topic of purity inevitably comes up.
Girls start wearing purity rings, while guys install software on their computers to protect against pornography.