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Unbelieving Christian School

I go to a Christian school where people should stand up for what they believe a little more. But they don't. A couple of my "friends" have called me Amish, because i refuse to drink/smoke/disobey my parents/sneak out/lie and all that. Should I hang around them anymore or what?

Moderator - No way. Get some new friends.

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 ---Jocelyn on 9/17/05
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They are not your friends if they want you to do all of that. I have learnt who my real friends were later on in life. But if someone is wanting you to do something to get into trouble, they are not your friends. Stay away from them.
---Rebecca_D on 12/28/07

If your friends are urging you to do soemthing you know is against God's will, then are they really your friends? LOOK for the good positive friends you could have in that school! They are there!
---Zoe on 5/8/07

I feel for what you are going thru,and I pray that you continue to stand strong.Jesus is with you always,and He will get you thru the tough times.You may be the best example for your friends to see,and if they are truly your friends then they will turn themselves around. Stay Strong and God Bless!
---missy on 9/22/05

Jocelyn, one of the most important things we do in life is to choose our friends (next to choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior). If your "friends" encourage you to sin, they are not friends. Pray for them, but seek out others friends that believe as you do. Being a young person in this day and age is not easy, may God bless you for striving to do the right things.
---Nan on 9/19/05

I'd rather have other people call me Amish or anything than to have God call me a Fool.
Don't be a fool just because your friends are. Plus, you are their friend they are not yours. A friend wants what is best for you and these people do not.
Seek the favor of God, forget the folly of man.
---Elder on 9/18/05

JOCELYN: Even though you could be a positive influence for some of these "friends", you need to be careful about where you 'hang around' with them! One might ask you over and never tell you its without any parents and booze and/or drugs will be there! Your health could be in serious trouble.
At the same time, YOU need to have Christian friends who can encourage and teach you things about the Lord, so don't spend too much time with those who can't help you grow more in Christ.
---danie9374 on 9/18/05

I like your response, WIVV! (And your attitude too!) Very good!
---DoryLory on 9/18/05

Part 4. When in doubt the answers are in the Bible. Stand for something,or you will fall for anything. When others tempt you with carnal things, offer them Jesus. Amen. (I apologize for such a long message but felt strongly led to do so.)
---mike_fl on 9/18/05

Part 3. generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" SO, when shown evil, reflect back Christ. Be outside what you are inside. Be happy & not envy false pleasure.
---mike_fl on 9/18/05

Part 2. profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17)That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works". Ja.3:10,"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethern, these things ought not so to be". 1Pe.2:9, "But ye are a chosen
---mike_fl on 9/18/05

Part 1. Some scripture to share; Rom.12:21, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Gal.5:25-26, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. 2Tim.3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God , & is
---mike_fl on 9/18/05

Our daughter attended Christians schools- I do know that some of the students who attend are not Christians. What you need to do is document your lifestyle from the Bible, when asked. (Go on the offensive and not the defensive.) Colossians 4:6 When in the Navy (Sea Bees), one of my "comebacks" was, "It's my personal, Christian conviction." (stress the word, "personal") No one gave me a hard time since I didn't make it one of their convictions, but they knew where I stood.
---WIVV on 9/18/05

My pastor who was on the school board of a Christian school stated that he did not like what he saw coming out of these schools. Morally they are really not much better than what one finds in the public schools. True one can get a religious education but all too often it is the variety that advocates a philosophy that is considered limited in scope and intellectually and sometimes biblically indefensible.
---lee on 9/18/05

First of all i commend you for standing strong and not allowing them to talk you into those things....Romans 12:2 tells us to not give in to what people say is normal,,,,we aren`t suppose to be normal because we are different(we`re special because we are GOD`S Children)Pray for your friends because in reality they are the ones who are "missing out"not you.stay strong it`s worth it!!!.
You are in my prayers Jocelyn.
---co_ach on 9/18/05

Sounds like you have a wonderful opportunity to be the example of the Lord to your friends. Look at the example of that young lady from Columbine. Michael W. Smith has even wrote a song about her actions. Standing firm in what you believe does not go unnoticed. Through you stand, many may be saved, including your friends. With respect, Jerry
---geraa7578 on 9/18/05

Find faithful christian friends. Not until your peers realize that they are repeatedly shaming Jesus' crucifixion, and debasing the holy name "christian" and the reputation of Christ by calling themselves "christian", but continue living in sin rather then living in Christ, and being serious about following Christ, will they ever get right with God. Pray they'll become convicted by the Holy Ghost for their nonchristian behavior, and that they'll desire to come back to God.
---Eloy on 9/18/05

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Standing up for God's will is very hard to do for adults, and you are a wonderful testimony to the Truth that we must obey God first and foremost. Seek the Lord, and find new friends.
---Madison on 9/18/05

Be as strong as they are. They are standing up for what they believe (most of which isn't very nice) so you just keep standing up for your much better beliefs and standards. Pray for them also and in time I hope that they will see that your ways (which are God's ways) are much better than theirs.
---Xanthi on 9/18/05

Christian Schools just teach from a different paradigm, the information STILL has to be appropriated - your 'friends' just don't 'get it' do they? My kids found the same thing. You have some choices: join them (not an option), change your friendship group, or change your the witness that they need. My kids did that and copped the same sort of flack. Made them stronger. My guys are powering on, and those same ones who rubbished them (but actually secretly admired them) now ring for advice.
---cheryl on 9/18/05

You should take time to speak with the person most responsible for the spiritual tone at your school and suggest that he/she pay special attention to (name names) to determine what do with them to help them realize that they may need to rededicate themselves to the school's philosophy or look for new school. (Parents to be advised also)
---Pierr7958 on 9/18/05

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Your so called friends will tell you, "to be your own self, do what you want to do", but that is as long as you do what they do. You need some new friends..
---wayne on 9/17/05

We have to avoid people not because we discriminate a category of character but because we are not equipped with the gears to help them and nor can it help us to become a good person. Find new friends who accept and love you for who you are and not pressuring you to do things against your will. We don't want to look down on anybody who are astry... pray for them that the Holy Spirit's will penetrate there hearts and mind. Never turn your back when they ask for your helping hand to realize JESUS love.
---Claire_Faith on 9/17/05

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