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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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