THE CHRISTIAN MILLENNIAL
I was doing my typical scrolling and double tapping on Instagram, when I came across a post that said, “Ladies, you can still be popping and love the Lord”. Then later that night on Twitter, I noticed everyone discussing a video about how to wear makeup in a God honoring way. And with that, I had to pump the breaks. What exactly do people expect of young Christian women who love God? The fact that we have to clarify that we can SLAY and serve God shows there are clear misconceptions about what a life lived for Christ looks like. So let’s discuss two common myths and a hard truth about being a young believer.
MYTH: NO SERVING LOOKS JUST SERVING THE LORD
It seems people assume modesty is synonymous with Christianity. And I won’t say it does not play a part, but I want to challenge how you define modesty. Because there is no explicit verse that talks about what kind of jeans I’m allowed to wear, we have to look to the principles the Word does tell us. And once we understand what the Bible says we have to decide what to wear after we check with God, not your Aunty from down the street who has something to say about everybody. Too often we look to people for instruction on how to live our life when God provided the only instructions we need.
MYTH: I MUST BE COMPLETELY REMOVED AND SEPARATED FROM RELEVANT CULTURE
To be young and black is such a unique experience. From my HBCU days, swag surfing it at functions to practicing the latest dance move with your friends. I would be lying if I did not admit that today’s culture has had a profound effect on my life. It has shaped how I move and function with others like me. But to experience, acknowledge, and understand culture does not mean your life is rooted in it. I truly do love God more then anything I just mentioned. And because of that I put God’s desire for how I should live my life before any cultural phenomena. So does that mean we can’t do both? I don’t think there’s a right answer to that question. I will say that we are what we consume, and if we are consuming and internalizing more of what the world is offering and not what God is then our lives will reflect that.
TRUTH: CHRISTIANITY IS DIFFICULT AND UNCOMFORTABLE
One thing we must accept is that our lives will look different. God ask us to do some tough things that look drastically different from what ours friends might be doing. When everyone is sleeping in on Sundays, we have to find the strength to wake up for church. Or when people are gossiping and saying hateful things we not only have to not be apart of it, but be bold enough to speak against it. A relationship with Christ will challenge what you watch, what music you listen to, and even what events you attend. Some of the decisions we will have to make, might make us feel different. But I promise, God fills and takes care of His children. So when things get tough, He gotchu.