…and What We Should Do about It
Only a Sith deals in absolutes.
I have never been much of Star Wars fan (please don’t unsubscribe), so when my student hit me this quote in the middle of a conversation about morality, my reaction was little more than an eye-roll. Fortunately, I was able to convince him that Obi-Wan Kenobi may have been strong with the force, but he was weak with philosophy, especially considering that his statement was absolute.
Consequently, it was one of the best conversations I have ever had with a student about the nature of morality.
It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.
Now, Batman? I can appreciate Batman. So, when a student threw that one at me, I was a bit more receptive. As it turns out, much of the stress this student felt due to his underperformance in school was prompted more by fiction than fact.
As a result, it was one of the best conversations I have ever had with a student about identity and accountability.
In both situations, fictional characters had given these young people more answers to life’s big questions than any of the adults in their lives had. I was not surprised. If you are, you should know, this is typical.
Here’s the thing…
Our young people’s lives are more often than we would like to admit guided by the culture that surrounds them more than the adults that raise them.
So, what can we do about it?
We first need to recognize two facts: young people are asking questions, and they are getting answers. The question is, from whom are they getting those answers?
We then need to develop a strategy to answer their questions properly, meaningfully, and—most importantly—Biblically. Continue reading “The Questions They’re Asking and the Answers They’re Getting”