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I have been speaking with some local youth pastors about DJ dances in our city. Very often, at the local schools the dances have some less-than-virtuous music played. The dress attire for the students leaves something to be desired. My idea is to have Christian sponsored dances at the churches. The dances would be chaperoned by parents who are members of the church. Students who attend the churches would know or be made aware of the appropriate dress for the dance. What do you think of the idea in general?

You obviously have a great deal of passion for helping young people, but from my point of view we don’t compete with the world by providing so-called Christian “alternatives.” I believe Christian young people are actually looking for ways to be used to do something significant, to let God work through them. Most of them go to dances because nothing right now captures their focus. We need to channel our young people into activities that get them involved in the lives of other people. A dance, once a month, doesn’t do it.

I’m amazed to see high school kids capture the vision for lost and needy people when they’re involved in things like summer mission trips. These missions have changed the priorities of so many young people.

Their mission does not have to be restricted to foreign countries. The needy and hurting and lost surround us, but the vision first must come from adults like yourself who want to change the focus of young people from “ serve me” to “help me serve others with the Christ-life.” We should be instilling not “serve us” but “service.”

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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