Even if his friends have the reputation of being the “good kid.” You must know the friends of your teen.
Have you ever heard one of your kid’s friends described this way?
“Well, he smokes a little dope; he gives his parents some jazz; he skips school, and he sleeps around a lot, but he’s basically a good kid.”
No one is basically good. Scripture affirms we’re all basically evil—it’s just a matter of degree.
I realize that calling a kid good or bad is often a matter of semantics. We’d be wise to label the behaviors rather than the people.
However, that “good kid’ engaging in not so good qualities should have some ground rules in place before he’s allowed to spend a minute with our kids—if at all. And that starts with making sure every time that kid and our kids are together—we, like the Holy Spirit, are there also.