She found herself at a party, again, looking for a good time on another Saturday night. She was surrounded with the same people, doing the same stupid tricks, and getting into the same stupid fights. There wasn’t much to do in her small town, so she would make her appearance at the local hangouts to maintain her popularity. She felt uncomfortable drinking at parties, so she would play the designated driver, because in her mind, that was responsible for a Christian.
Tonight was different though, because across the room, she saw him. Their eyes met, and she found herself whirling in emotions that she didn’t know how to handle, this was no “love at first sight” moment. Staring right back at her amidst the smoke and friends dancing and singing with their red cups held high was one of her close friends from her church youth group. She could feel her face turn hot and her stomach sink to the ground. She was the only one in her youth group that was from her school and her weekend agenda had always been hidden. But there he was, with a beer in his hand. He was one of the rocks of the youth group and she had always looked up to him. They spent a lot of time together in worship and at youth events and summer camps. They held hands in fervent prayer on behalf of struggling friends. While she stood there, frozen in her emotions, her face twisted into a painful look of shock and utter disappointment. But what got to her the most that night was the fact that he was standing there, frozen, looking at her the exact same way.
So many times you can find yourself in this situation out of boredom, or poor choice in friends. You talk yourself into going to places where you shouldn’t go because you feel you must maintain a certain level of popularity in your school. The core concept of Christian behavior is laid out for us in 1 Peter 1:15 which states, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” For some of us, we only play the part of being set apart, or holy, during worship times, but the rest of the time we may be something completely different. We must realize that if we are not holy in all of our conduct, at all times, we may be a stumbling block to non-Christians, and to our Christian friends. Our Christianity isn’t a mask that we can put on and take off at our convenience. We must carry the name of “Christian” proudly and guard that name against anything that may stain its precious connection to Christ.
Are you disappointing others because of the places you go carrying the name of Christ with you? When you find yourself yearning to fit in with the crowd, ask yourself, “Is this where I want my Christianity showing?