Surviving a Deceitful World

Lighten Up!

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This is a phrase often used to imply that you are weighing everyone down, that you’re ruining a good time.  It’s usually followed by something like:

It’s just a joke.

It’s just a movie.

It’s just a song.

It’s just for fun.

It’s just a music video.

It’s just a cartoon.

It’s just a hobby.

It’s something said to you so that you’ll get “back with the program” and go along with whatever everyone else is going along with.  You would think peer pressure was only a junior high type of problem, but we very well know it is not.

The words of Jesus:  “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luk 9:26)

It’s a fine line, though, between being holy and being holier-than-thou. Jesus called us to be forgiving and kind to each other, not to come down with judgmental attitudes. And while loving God with all of our hearts, minds, and souls is the utmost of all commandments, loving each other as ourselves is right up there, too.

Let’s stand strong for doing what is right before the eyes of our God.  But, let’s also be kind.

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