“This is my favorite t-shirt. Can I wear it to youth group on Wednesday?”
Jake’s family are members of the church and Jake loves Wednesday night youth group. His favorite t-shirt promotes a heavy metal band whose music is known for great guitar licks and a smooth beat. But the band’s lyrics are often filled with hatred and vulgarities that Jake admits most adult church members would not feel comfortable hearing.
Jake’s attitude lately has proven less than admirable. He is in trouble at school regularly and he hates coming to church on Sunday morning with his mother. He sometimes comes on Wednesday nights to youth group although his siblings attend faithfully.
Jake sees no problem in listening to the heavy-metal music and wearing his favorite t-shirt. After all it is just music so what is wrong with wearing his favorite t-shirt to church?
An adult at church asked Jake about his t-shirt one Wednesday night. The band was a popular 1980s band from his high school days. Now Jake feels uncomfortable at church.
What do you think? Should Jake wear t-shirts that promote secular music to Wednesday night youth group?
Please post your comments and I will weigh in with my opinion next week.