I ran across a quote from Kafka on Twitter this morning. It said, “Don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.”
For somebody who wrote about a guy who woke up and found himself to be a giant cockroach, the quote seems pretty spot on.
In fact, it echoed the words I’d just read written quite a bit earlier by James, who is believed by many biblical scholars to have been the half-brother of Jesus.
In James 2:1, The Message translation reads, “My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.”
Public opinion is always that: opinion. And like lots of things — lots of fashions — it is fleeting. Yesterday’s leisure suits and bell bottoms become just another fashion joke, until there’s a brief resurgence (hopefully not for leisure suits!) and then we again find ourselves wondering “What was I thinking!?”
Instead, when living out our faith, we should focus on the constant, unchanging opinion of the One who matters. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus isn’t going to change. He’s not going to have some new style rule we’re violating as soon as we catch up with the last one.
Nope. He “is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
And I’m thankful that in the constant, abiding, unchanging nature of Christ are love and mercy through which He offers to clothe us in His righteousness.
Talk about a style that will endure the test of time!