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“What is the benefit of publicly identifying that I am a Christian?”— Anonymous teen
As a teenager, you may fear you will jeopardize your social position and popularity if you let it be known you have a genuine belief in Christ.
There are good reasons for coming out as a Christian, however.
For one thing, the Bible is quite clear that God expects his followers to own up to their faith.
Joshua minced no words when publicly declaring his allegiance to God (Josh. 24:15). Jesus’ meaning was obvious when he said, “If you deny me before men I will deny you before my Father.” (Matt. 10:32-33).
A living faith in a living God is clearly a private matter with a public face.
Second, publicly identifying your faith is a matter of integrity; i.e., being true to yourself. Who you are, what you value, the choices you make, and how you relate to others are all a reflection of your core beliefs. Hiding your faith is essentially dishonest.
Third, you probably won’t keep your faith a secret anyway because you will inevitably be drawn into a community of believers.
The New Testament teaches that the Spirit of God who is present and active in each individual also establishes the corporate life of the church (Acts 2:42-47).
Honest faith in God will lead you into a relationship with his people — again, an inescapably public matter!
One more reason: it is an issue of what really matters in the end.
As it turns out, popularity with the “in-crowd” is fickle and fleeting and not a goal that offers a lasting return (Luke 9:25-26).
On the other hand, a sound, reasoned faith in a God who has shown himself in history (Col. 1:15ff), who has conquered death (I Cor. 15), and who offers unconditional love and grace means everything, forever (II Cor. 4:16-18; Rev. 3:5).