You may have heard that on June 4 the Supreme Court voted 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop to withhold services based on religiously held conviction. If your teen is older, I wholeheartedly recommend discussion of this decision, what it means for Americans, and other, finer points of the issue.
Why do I bring all of this up here?
This Sunday, June 10, our youth will learn that God calls us to stand our ground, refusing to compromise when the truth of the gospel is at stake. Our passage, Galatians 2:11-21, is less about withholding services and more about freely sharing God’s message with all people, regardless of who they are. The tie in with the Supreme Court decision and our lesson leads to a few observations:
- Standing firm on God’s truth means we share the good news with everyone – no holding back.
- Our faith leads us to make very real, day-to-day decisions to either do or not do certain things out of obedience to God. Religious exercise should never be confined within church walls.
- Whatever decision we make must be based on God’s truth and convey God’s love.
- We can thank God for the religious liberty to operate on our sincerely held religious beliefs while realizing the law may not always make provision for us to do so.
Perhaps you have different observations. Talk to your teen or pre-teen about our call to stand firm on the gospel. Here’s a discussion sheet to help.