For youth groups, Jesus seems to be the only high

Posted: October 16, 2008 in Networking, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture, The Obvious Files
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Not typically a venerable resource for news, the publication made from hemp paper High Times, wrote an article about Jesus, children and a topic they know much about – hippie lettuce! Huh?!

Evidently, when a young person puffs about Jesus, they pass on the joint.

“Some may think this is an obvious finding, but research and expert opinion on this issue have not been consistent,” said BYU sociology professor Stephen Bahr and an author on the study. “After we accounted for family and peer characteristics, and regardless of denomination, there was an independent effect that those who were religious were less likely to do drugs, even when their friends were users.

That sound you hear is youth pastors everywhere shouting for joy and praising God. Why? Because young people aren’t just using Wednesday nights to hook up, send text messages and get away from their parents’ house.

Trust me, there are more thugs and punks in high schools who have access to weed than you think. Peer pressure is everywhere, and for Godly youth to “Just Say No” is a refreshing thing.

Despite other folk abusing the Bible to make rolling zig-zags a dogmatic principle, faith in God does make a difference in the lives of these young people. The Bible has truth in it that passes all understanding… and it shows:

“Previously, it was thought that if someone grew up in a religious community and went to church, then the community’s religious strength would make a difference,” Bahr said. “We basically found that this was not the case. Individual religiosity is what makes the difference.”


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