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There are a lot of things in our lives that are like that—things that might seem to be wrong but that we do anyway because it’s not that big of a deal. In fact, you might say that there are a lot of grey areas in our lives.

But more often than not, “grey areas” are nothing more than a feeble attempt on our part to make something that’s wrong appear to be right. However attractive, popular, innocent, or appropriate it may look, if God says it’s wrong, then it’s wrong.

You might argue that life isn’t always “black and white.” Granted there are things that can be interpreted differently. But most of the so-called controversial issues that we contend with in our culture are mentioned specifically in Scripture. And it’s in those situations that we can be confident in our stance and perspective because of the absolute truth that we base our convictions upon.

But that’s where we’ll start encountering some resistance, and it’s here where the real issue is brought to the surface. Absolutes have a tendency to make people squirm in that they point to a holy standard—something that’s true for everyone regardless of individual experiences or opinions. To acknowledge that something like that exists provides a logical and easy segue to God Himself. The God of the Bible is not an easy pill to swallow. Many “gods” work out well because it allows man to position himself as the ultimate authority: “I make the rules and ‘god’ either blesses me or scolds me.”

But Jesus doesn’t accommodate that mindset. He is the singular way to God, and He is God (Jn 10:30, 14:6). Good and evil do exist, and the wages of sin is death, not a casual rebuke. That’s the tension that is revealed when we start talking about “grey areas” and absolute truth.

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How to Help Teenagers Make Good Music Choices

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Teens sharing earphones, listening music outdoor. Summer time. This image is taken from SCA’s international report Hygiene Matters 2010. For more info, please visit http://www.hygienematters.com . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So how on Earth are you supposed to encourage teens to listen to Christian music?

The first step is simply making sure they’re exposed to it. There’s a whole lot of Christian music out there, but the majority of Americans will never know about it because they never go out of their way to find it. Many of these bands are just as good – if not better – than their secular counterparts but they remain hidden under the radar simply because they’re not available on the radio dial. Much of the time, all you have to do is just get the music in the hands of your teens. These bands are good and you can leave it to them to sell themselves.

There will be times though when just getting it to them isn’t enough. Or maybe they enjoy the Christian music but continue to cling to other, less-healthy bands as well. You can’t force your teens to give up the secular music, no more than we can force the Red Sea to part ourselves. But we can still make a difference — and it’s as simple as having a conversation.

Invite your teen to sit down and talk with you. The next step is the most difficult part — listen. Ask your teen to tell you why they’re so attached to the music. Ask them why they don’t like the Christian music. Try your best to understand where they’re coming from first. Otherwise, they aren’t going to care to give you the same courtesy when its your turn.

After you’ve listened, respectfully tell them about your concerns. Be sure to be clear throughout the entire discussion that the choice is theirs and theirs alone, you just want to see them make the best choices they can for themselves. Our teens are smarter than we often give them credit for. If they understand the reasons behind the decision, oftentimes they’ll make the smart choice.

Lastly, be patient with them. Follow Jesus’ example. The disciples had to be taught the same lessons over and over again while Jesus was still with them. They didn’t get anything He had to say all at once, but had to have it gently reinforced on a regular basis. And He’s had to have the same patience with us. It’s our turn to share that patience with our teens.

Most of the time, this isn’t a battle that’s going to be one all at once. But victory is possible if you’re willing to spend the time and walk with your teen through this journey. Take the opportunities as they arise. If a song comes on the radio, talk about it. When you hear them listening to something on their phone or discussing the latest movie video with their friends, discuss it with them. Teach them, little by little, day by day, why these songs concern you. With time, they’ll learn to make those decisions themselves. And they’ll thank you for it.

Most importantly, don’t forget to pray. When we ask God, nothing is impossible. Not even parting the Red Sea.

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Free DVD Bible Study

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You can learn more about Big Shiny Planet on our About page, but through a variety of unforeseen circumstances, high production costs, and of course the recession, we had to cease all operations. This was unfortunate. But, even more unfortunate was the fact that we were sitting on a lot of inventory!

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