How we appear is so important in our culture. Those who "let it all hang out" are often ostracized, thought of as oddities and are almost always not taken seriously. Why do we have to conform to what our culture is telling us is "in" or is the current cool thing to do? Why can't we just be our authentic selves and be accepted for that? A bit naive I know, but relevant nonetheless.
Jesus certainly wasn't fashionable or "in" by the standards of the culture in which he lived....he may have been "cool" but in a very different and authentic way. Our challenge is to figure out a way to still be relevant to the world around us and yet still be our authentic Christian selves. Complicated, but not impossible.
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