Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sneetches Are Sneetches

How can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? (James 2:1)

Dr. Seuss was an absolute genius with an eye for both pictures and stories to entertain the youngest of children, while simultaneously teaching those of us who are more mature a deep truth. Take the Sneetches for example. 

That same enterprising man then convinces the original star-bellied Sneetches that stars are so yesterday, and he is able to remove their stars so they can once again establish themselves as the best Sneetches on the beaches. Throughout an entire day, every Sneetch on the beach runs through an endless process of having stars put on and then removed until they can no longer tell who is an original star-bellied Sneetch and who is an original naked-bellied Sneetch. By then it is too late...the man with the marvelous star machine is driving off with all of their money, laughing and proclaiming, "You just can't teach a Sneetch."

Oh yes, girls, we are Sneetches. Our stars are many different things, but somehow we have become convinced others can in fact be less than we are based on completely shallow criteria. Not only are people profiting off of our ignorance (for a fee they will make you believe you look like all the other Sneetches), but we are falling for the lie that those who don't look like us or who can't afford the same things are somehow less than we are.

How then do we justify regarding others as greater or lesser? Do you see the problem? It's not that differences between us do not exist. Some are better athletes than others. Some can sing, and others cannot. Some have the ability to study astrophysics, and others would never have that ability. Yet non of our abilities or attributes makes us greater or lesser in the's time to kiss the Queen Bee mentality good-bye!

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