Some teens from my youth group said to me the other day, "I don't understand God. If He knows everything and knows what's gonna happen to me, and knows that I'm saved, then if I sin, what does it matter? I'm already saved right? So I just wanna have fun and this Christianity seems at times a bit boring."
I was glad they were opening up to me but I was also not ready to give an answer (or the right answer for that matter). Can you guys help me with this?
Thanks for the email. That's a good question. Kids can ask some real "whoppers" at times.
I think the best thing to do with a question like that is first, "acknowledge that it's a good question and encourage him/her for asking it." Tell him that he's not alone. Others have wondered the same thing.
Then try to see if he/she would be willing to look at the answers with you.
One place to the find the answer is the scripture. In Romans 6 Paul has just been laying out the fact that we are set free by Christ. And at the beginning of Romans 6 he asks the same question that kid just asks. He asks, "So... since I'm free, does that mean we can go on sinning, because then Jesus' grace and forgiveness just goes on covering me even more?"
Then he answers his own question by saying... "no, that would be stupid. Because we are no longer slaves to sin. We're free from that way of living. Don't let sin rule in your body anymore."
We touch on this a little bit in our MUSIC DISCUSSION on Bruno Mars' song and video Grenade
(which most of your kids will know) here: http://www.thesource4ym.com/musicdiscussions/MusicDiscussions.aspx?id=46
If your group is interested in the discussion, see if you can follow up with an invitation to search the scriptures for truth like this weekly. "Hey, this was fun. Do you guys want to meet together every week for a Bible study and we'll continue to dialogue about where the truth lies, and we'll have some fun at the same time?"
I hope that helps just a little bit.
Keep up the good work!