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The Do’s & Dont’s of Fads // by Angela Smith

By October 9, 2015Fashion

 

Call me a fashion rebel, if you will, but I firmly believe in the love of fads.

 

Sure, I’ll encourage you to invest wisely in the basic wardrobe staples if you’re on a tight budget, (black pants, white blouse, nude pumps) but why not add an accessory into the mix that screams crazy trend of 2015!?

 

You see, I believe style is the kind of thing that comes and goes as quickly as last weekend’s plans.

 

So, why not have fun with it? Yes, we may look back on photos from five years ago and utter the phrase “What was I thinking?!” But I’m a firm supporter of the idea that we’ll do that anyway. So, why not embrace every trend, fad, and next big thing that comes along. (Lest I remind us of the return of Birkenstocks this summer. Come on, who really saw that one coming?) Like the greats once said… YOLO right?

 

Yes, I just said YOLO. Lord, help me.

 

On that note, my convictions about fads in the style world got me thinking about my convictions in a much more important area of my life: spiritual fads.

 

I’ll embrace fashion fads with arms wide open; spiritual fads, on the other hand, I find myself having to ward off with none other than quality time in the Word, prayer, and daily time spent seeking discernment.

 

The truth is that I see far too many of us succumbing to spiritual fads as if it was this season’s Birkenstocks.

 

John put it like this,

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” – 1st John 4:1 

 

Embracing spiritual fads, whether done purposefully or without fully comprehending that we are slowly slipping away from the truth (which is often, I believe, one of the enemy’s favorite ways to work against us) is the most compromising weapon formed against our relationship with our Father.  

 

But I have good news! 

No weapon formed against us shall prosper! (Isaiah 54:17) 

 

We need to remain on guard though. We need to be informed, and we need to unceasingly pray for discernment in these days when the world around us seems to be shaken. Our faith must stand firm in the truth of the Word. 

 

Remember, Ephesians 6:12 says:

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” 

 

The enemy wants to entangle us in spiritual fads. These fads are disguised – masked if you will – as though they are from the Lord. Stand your ground, be fearless in this day and age where it’s easier to take the politically correct road instead of the Biblical one. 

 

This world needs women who know what the Bible says, who do not take up spiritual trends, but rather hold strong to the truth of the gospel. That, my sweet girl, is a woman who is a force to be reckoned with, even in her Birkenstocks. 

 

“There’s a fiercely loyal minority still—not many, perhaps, but probably more than you think. They’re holding on, not because of what they think they’re going to get out of it, but because they’re convinced of God’s grace and purpose in choosing them.” – Romans 11:6

 

I want to be a Fiercely Loyal Minority, how about you?

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