As a 4th generation, recent college graduate myself, It saddens me to see my fellow peers want to be like the world. They are drinking alcohol, going to nightclubs, doing drugs, getting tattoos/piercings, kissing/being intimate before marriage, dressing provocatively. T
hey gossip about each others misfortunes and exclude others for either "not being pretty enough," socioeconomic reasons, or being "different."They are so consumed into social media and their pride and trying to impress others for popularity, rather than being humble, and trying to present Christ-like qualities as the Church would want us to do. Yes, I understand we are still young and we are indeed human, as Satan dangles our weaknesses right in front of our faces. I'm not gonna act like I'm some holier-than-thou, self-righteous saint. I, too, have sinned before, as I was young and foolish.
However, Abouna had told us that God holds us more accountable than the non-believers and the atheists because we are aware of God's Word and what is right from wrong.
I am calling all of us Coptic youth to help each other be strong in this ongoing spiritual battle.