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									DEVO with Steve-O

                       We will be Posers

     “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper
behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company
with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not
cautious, but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us, but to
give everything of Himself to us.” Ephesians 5:1-2

      The popular culture term "Poser", is a word most young people are familiar
with. Poser is just another name for phony, fake, or wannabe. You might call
someone a “poser” if their words or actions are not true to themselves. I
remember in middle school, while growing up in Florida, I wanted to fit in at and
have lots of friends. The surf culture was popular in those days, so I felt that if I
wanted to be popular then I needed to be a part of that culture. I went to all the
surf shops, wore all the surf clothes, talked in surfer slang, spent my summers at
the beach, and did whatever I could to look like a surfer. I did all this without
every owning a surfboard or even ever trying to ride one. If you saw me back then
you would think I was a “total poser to the max.” Fortunately for me, my life as a
poser surfer never brought me too much criticism or got me in to trouble, for
sometimes wanting to fit in and gain approval can lead to poor decisions and
destructive behavior.
      Now I believe it's not only I or other teenagers that suffer from being posers.
If we take a look at our own lives I’m sure we will find aspects in each of us that
are phony. Just like any teen who wants to belong, our phony behavior comes
from the need to bring attention and affection to ourselves, when actually we
should bestow it upon God and others. Ephesians chapter five tells us who we
should pose our lives after. Just by reading the first two verses we learn to copy
Christ and follow His example. We are to keep His Company and live a life of
love. Unlike the poser who seeks the adoration of others and risks falling prey to
the traps of this world, we should free ourselves and strive to lift others up and
show them how God loves them.
      Our youth group has adopted this very ideal. You might see them walking
around our church or in our community in grey T-shirts with “POSER” across the
chest. Like the first century Christians who changed pagan Holidays into
Christmas and Easter, or Martian Luther who turned drinking songs into hymns,
our youth have changed the definition of a poser. So, when you see us in our
shirts you may be reminded of how we no longer will pose as those who desire the
approval of this world, but rather we will pose as those who love God and emulate
His love to others. We will be posers, and we invite you to join us.

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