No More Shoulder Pads Please

I get caught up in the hype of the newest trends from time to time. I’m sure everyone, at one time or another, has heard of a trend, diet craze, exercise program, or vitamin supplement that has intrigued them and drawn them in to at least try and see what kind of results might result. Culture and trends ebb and flow with time. What was cool in the 80s (big hair and shoulder pads) is looked over in favor of straight hair and straight lines with absolutely no shoulder pads.

There are some things, however, that never change with culture or trend: the need for food and water. That is something that will never change! We need air to breathe and sleep every night. Try as we might, we cannot change our need for those things.

God is incredibly relevant and keeps up with the times – He is able to fit into whatever style of worship culture throws HIs way. He fits into the village worship in Africa, the trendy city worship in New York City, to the small home worship with a lone guitar at someone’s home. He ministers to people wearing shorts, jeans, suits and ties, and business casual outfits. He is not limited by how we are wrapped up or how we like to sing.

However, there are some things that never change when it comes to actually hearing God’s voice and having a relationship with Him. Just as we need to breathe air and drink water, we need to hear His voice as it is spoken apart from the noise of our cultural wrappings:

“There are no in-betweens when it comes to the voice of God. Either it is heard or not. Yet we live in a salad-bar, fashion-trend kind of world that picks and chooses its truth, as though truth could change with the times. But the Ancient of Days doesn’t tell us to anchor ourselves in seasonal truth. He grafts us into the Eternal Son.” Chris Tiegreen

The ebb and flow of culture is seasonal, changing from day to day and is unpredictable. What works today is thrown out tomorrow. This year, I will be anchored further in Him and HIs truth – unmoved by what is trendy at any given moment.

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