One of the joys of serving as a Catholic high school theology teacher is encouraging students to expand their concepts of faith, religion and spirituality.
When I was a high school student, I remember being encouraged to listen to Christian music (only), to read Christian books (only) and watch movies approved by the Church. Certainly, without a strong faith foundation, it can be a bit risky to tamper with that which is considered secular for fun and entertainment. Yet, divisions can be dangerous. How can we serve and witness to the world about Christ’s love if we don’t know the world? How can we reach out to the other and invite them in if we are in closed communities, not connecting to the “other?”
What does secular really mean? Does it mean that there is a lack of intentional connection to God?
I teach students that all people are good, holy and loved. All of us are made in God’s image and likeness; all creation is made in the image of God! Therefore, all is good and holy and sacred. God truly is everywhere.
So, then, perhaps it is better for young Christians to seek God in all things- to pay attention to how the Christian messages of peace, justice and love can be present even in those things that may not be found in a Christian book store.
Here’s one of the favorite songs we pray with in my classroom, “Where’s the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas:
Let’s share our True Love (y’all!) even to the secular margins!