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Make Sure You Fit Into The Right Crowd

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

June 2019Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the way you wore your hair? Big hair was in for women at one time. I grew up during a time when men – to keep their hair slicked back – used Vitalis. It was the Elvis look I guess – or a hood look! The natural look – the Beatles’ style – became popular among some years later! Hippies wore really long hair. When i was younger I wore the crew cut look.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the clothes you wore? I remember when the style of clothes you wore got you labeled. I was known as a block in junior high school. Block’s wore kaki pants with banlon shirts. We wore Peter’s jackets with our name on it and Chuck Taylor basketball shoes. We weren’t hoods – who wore leather jackets. As the years mounted there were hippies and preppies and others who dressed certain ways to be in the in crowd (the crowd they wanted to be).

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? I remember when I finally got into the “A” club at Annapolis High School and got to wear my “A” jacket (I became an official jock at that time). I was never very good at any particular sport – still aren’t – but I could play most sports well enough to make a few teams and to play and enjoy sports later in life. I have some lifetime friends because of sports and later because I coached and officiated sports. Continue reading

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Have You Ever Fit Into The In Crowd?

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

112015 Ray McDonaldHave you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the way you wore your hair? Big hair was in for women at one time. I grew up during a time when men – to keep their hair slicked back – used Vitalis. It was the Elvis look! The natural look – the Beatles’ style – became popular among some years later!

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the clothes you wore? I remember when the style of clothes you wore got you labeled. I was known as a block in junior high school. Block’s wore kaki pants with banlon shirts. We wore Peter’s jackets with our name on it and Chuck Taylor basketball shoes. We weren’t hoods – who wore leather jackets. As the years mounted there were hippies and preppies and others who dressed certain ways to be in the in crowd (the crowd they wanted to be).

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? I remember when I finally got into the “A” club at Annapolis High School and got to wear my “A” jacket (I became an official jock at that time). I was never very good at any particular sport – still aren’t – but I could play most sports well enough to make a few teams and to play and enjoy sports later in life. I have some lifetime friends because of sports and later because I coached and officiated sports. Continue reading

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Being Accepted By the World or Standing Up for Jesus?

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

This is a hard passage to read – for some of us – because many of us want to be loved – right?  From the time we are children most of us try to fit in – try to be approved and accepted.

I can remember moving a number of times as a child/youth.  We moved from Southern Anne Arundel County to Seat Pleasant in Prince George’s County.  Talk about culture shock!  I went from a country setting to an urban setting in 1964.  I remember some things changed including my hairstyle and some of the clothes I wore (Chuck Taylors – Peter’s Jackets) .  I remember it was during my time in Seat Pleasant that I became aware of names given to people depending on how they dressed.  You wanted to fit in with your group – or with any group. Some were called hoods – some block – some collegiate – some mod – some hippie – and there were other names as well.  These terms continued when we made a move from Seat Pleasant to Annapolis in 1969 – another culture shock.  Each time we changed environments I tried to find a group where I fit.

I played in several school bands in High School and I fit into the musical crowd (somewhat).  I played High School sports and fit into the sport’s scene (a little).  I was a Christian and so I had that group as well.  I was on the chess team – the debate club – and was very active in our youth group at church.  Yet the Scripture today reads: if you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

We want to fit in – we strive to fit in – yet our faith makes us stand out – at least it should – if we walk with the Lord as we ought.  We live in a country that was based on being one nation under God – yet we can see the society we live in doing everything it can to rid our culture of God.

In a world filled with people who want to be accepted – Jesus tells us that following Him will make us not only unacceptable at times – but even hated.  Who will we strive to please more – society or God?  Some in the church these days have their answer confused and are striving to fit more and more into the society by calling sin acceptable.  What will you do?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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