The world can be really confusing for teenagers. We're coming of age in a shifting moral landscape, where the most pressing challenges and culture's loudest critics are ever changing and perpetually conflicting. We see scandals and soundbytes, terrorism and Trump, new sexual ethics and harsh racial tensions, and we wonder, How am I supposed to think about all this? Secular society throws its own answers our way, but they’re never compatible with a Christian worldview.
I see a better tool to meet the questions of Christ-following teenagers like me: theology.
Why Theology for Teens?
I’m pretty sure you know what theology is. But sometimes people have such nuanced and experiential conceptions of what a word means that they obscure its plain definition. I want you to know I’m talking about the plainest definition of theology there is: the study of God.
As a Jesus-following teenager, I believe studying God’s character is what teenagers need in order to face our terribly complicated world. It’s what will give us lasting hope to face our future with a firm commitment to God’s truth.
Let me explain how theology answers our biggest questions and meets our greatest needs. Of course, this is only the briefest beginning, but it gets us started.
1. Studying God’s justice equips us to do what’s right.
In God’s Word we discover that God hates evil (Zech. 8:16–17) and loves truth. He cares about the oppressed and outcast, and he values all life.
Knowing this character of God gives teenagers the drive to care about justice too. It pushes us to stand up for the oppressed and voiceless, and speak out against the injustice we see. It shows us the importance of submitting to God-given authorities — our parents, pastors, teachers, and government. And it fuels our obedience to God’s Word as the ultimate standard of justice.