Cool Verses UnCool

'Cool' has created the negative stats that we see defining a generation today. An entire generation of teens has bought into 'Cool' and the destruction that accompanies it. I know that Twinkies are cool, jean vests are cool, and Converse Chuck Taylor's are in. But, what happens with seeking Cool is destructive because there is never a limit that teens will go to for love and acceptance. And this creates issues like low self-esteem, drug abuse, self-harm, sex before marriage, and even a loss of respect for adults.

When you are occupied with being Cool, you become a pawn in the hand of culture.

One the other hand, 'UnCool' has created the kind of teen the bible says is righteous and not concerned with the status quo.  An entire counter-generation has ran from Cool and its many problems. And has embraced positive self-image, good grades, virginity to marriage, and a respect for parents and family. If one generation loses its absolutes, where will the next generation find theirs?

When you are occupied with being UnCool, you begin to create culture from the Word of God:

First, UnCool is a passion for the Word (Psalm 119.9-11),
9How can a young person keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I will seek you; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Many great leaders in the Bible changed their culture because of the Word. If you will make His Word your SUMMER LOVE, look at all of the things you can do with the Word:

-Moses comes from the Sinai with the 10 Commandments and speaks directly to the fearful people…
-Jeremiah was beaten and put in prison and when released said the Word was set in him like a fire…
-Daniel was threatened with the Lion’s Den and the Fiery Furnace but heeded the Word of the Lord…
-The Apostle John calls Jesus the Word in the flesh and we see the Word come alive…
-Christ in His temptation with Satan in Luke 4 used the scriptures to stand against the enemy…

When you are occupied with being UnCool, you not only begin to create culture from the Word of God, but, you create culture through the right friends:

Second, UnCool is a passion for the right friends (1 Corinthians 15.33),
"Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good morals."

Show me your friends and I'll show you your future. And your fears. You need to fall in love with the GROUP and not some Boy/Girl. When your summer is a B/G you get drama. If you will fall in love with the GROUP, I’m telling you, you get no drama.

Create culture with your peers. Think about all of the people who complain about how bad our culture is today. We know the stats and have seen the degradation of our society. There is always a large part of the country thinking negatively and critically about the condition of society. However, Christian youth today can culture though things such as:

-When is the last time you had a PRAYER MEETING (church, school, home) with your group?
-When is the last time you went STREET WITNESSING with your group?
-When is the last time you served at a KITCHEN OUTREACH for the poor with your group?
-When is the last time you did a SERVICE PROJECT with your group?

These two disciplines can create The American Christian Teenager. The kind of teen that runs from 'Cool' and embraces 'UnCool'.