Is being nice to people out of style?

I was at McDonald's on a community outing with one of my kids. On our way out to the car, some k...

I was at McDonald’s on a community outing with one of my kids. On our way out to the car, some kids who couldn’t be any older than 10, were out with their bikes and scooters. One of the kids walked toward the group and said, “What the h*** are you doing to my bike?” Do you think they learn it from their parents, from their peers at school, from the media, or a combination of everything? They need to get their mouths washed out with soap like that boy in A Christmas Story. Such animosity towards each other. My high schoolers seem to do that a lot to each other too. Whatever happened to being nice, especially for those who claim to be a Christian. That’s probably why people think Christians are hypocrites. Their actions don’t match up with their words. Well, in this case, their words don’t match up to Christ’s teachings. It saddens me that the hich schoolers always cuttin’ each other down. I am reminded of Paul’s advice, “To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men” (Titus 3:2). We’ve been trying to teach them that their actions need to reflect Christ. I really wonder which of them truly believe in God. Maybe it’s just how high school kids are these days. Was I that mean to people when I was in high school?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

–Ephesians 4:29

I pray that we would be more encouraging to the people around us.


The American Express Championship is here this weekend. Someone get me tickets. All the pros will be in my backyard. So close, yet so far. Boo.


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Gotta go watch the Blue Angels this weekend.


penguingolfer89 October 5, 2005 Reply

That's how we high schoolers are these days I guess. That's why I say nothing at school. But, I'm in the midst of it everyday. I even see people who say they are Christians talking about other people or having a bad attitude towards other. Even yesterday during art. I get so mad at them how they talk about other people. Argh!

Yeah I wish I had tickets to the golf tourney, I guess I'm going to have to settle with the Blue Angels.

JerryNFremont October 5, 2005 Reply

Funny you should bring this up. Last week at church, P. W. gave a message about making fun of our friends as a way to show friendship. It's more cool to put down our friends, than to lift them up with encouragement. However these words are heard by outsiders as being very negative…. and it creates a very demoralizing atmosphere. As usual, I have selective listening and a short-term memory, so I'm not sure which scripture he used as a reference.

Roger Carr October 14, 2005 Reply

Although there are many kids that are not "nice", there are many others that are. Just like we alow the complaint of 1 to outweigh the praise of 10, I think we focus on the ones that are rude and overlook those that are doing what is expected. I am working to set a good Christian example for my son. Through my family's example and yours, I believe it will be contagious and change the world.

Talk to me, Goose.

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