How to Be a Christian Teen Dealing With Non Christian Friends

It's hard to stand for what you believe in, but it can be even harder when you are standing for Christ in this world of secularism and just downright evils. It can be even more hard when you are a teenager who may or may not have like-minded friends to share the experience with. If you are a teen of faith, that is a devoted Christian with friends of another religion or no religion at all, here's some helpful ways to deal with, ignore, forgive/forget, and to help show them the love of Christ.


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    Be accepting of your fellow teens but don't fall for their behavior yourself. People will do what they are going to do. While the phrase "everyone's doing it" is a cliché, some teens will end up doing things like smoking, drinking and having premarital sex. As a Christian, you know and believe that is not right. Do not let your friends pull you into doing things you know are not right, just because you do not want to look lame or you need your ego stroked. On the other hand, realize that they will do things based on their own belief (or lack of belief) system, and are unlikely to lead by your words. Just lead by example instead.
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    Expect misunderstanding and even occasional abuse. Persecution will happen if you invite it, and it may happen even if you do not. It is without a doubt that those who do not understand or believe will argue or mock, particularly when confronted. But some may confront you. Take heed of these words: "even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." (American Standard Bible, 1 Peter 3:14-15)
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    Help them to learn more about your faith. They will have much curiosity and wonder. Not just at you, but the things you do. When you are a Christian teen, you know it is far better to forgive and forget someone who wrongs you, than to lash out just because there is a momentary issue. To a non-believer, this is strange and alien and they might not know how to process your choices.
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    Don't give in. If your non-believer friends wonder why you back down from a fight or argument, they may call you a wimp or weak. Do not let that sell you into fighting. You may not (and need not) explain to everyone your choices and reasons. Instead, go and explain to your friends why you chose not to fight, and how it will be better in the long run. Your actions will provide a great deal of credence to your words.


  • Try joining youth groups or clubs that are Christian based. You'll be surprised how much it'll help.
  • Remember to read the bible.
  • When you go through rough times, you need to hear specific biblical verses sometimes. Try going through the bible and writing down good encouraging verses that stand out to you. Go back to them whenever life takes a wrong turn.
  • Keep going to church and interacting with other Christians.
  • Try to keep everyone in good sprites. Mentioning biblical verses and the Word of God at just the right time can really help anyone.
  • Say a little prayer for your friends, that God will not only reveal Himself to them, but that maybe you can be His "hands".


  • Don't get pushy. One thing that can happen too easily for a Christian is the urge to become pushy. Trying to push or force someone to believe what you do will NOT work. In fact, it will most likely do just the contrary. Just pray for those that you know need help.
  • Don't EVER lose faith. You know where you are going. You know what has to be done to get there. You've just got to keep on fighting the Good Fight.
  • Don't complain because it might seem like those around you have better luck, or have better things than you, but the thing is, you never really know what's going on "behind the scenes". Try to be grateful for what you do have at this very moment.

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