When 5-year-old Ethan Clos showed up to school with a short, spiky mohawk, his fellow kindergarteners thought it was cool. But, not the administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School in Springfield, Ohio. They said the hair was “too disruptive” and sent him home “until he adopted a tamer style.”
Are you kidding me?! You’re telling me a kindergarten teacher couldn’t keep control of the class because Ethan’s hair was so disruptive? I’m not buying that. So Ethan was different looking…so what.
God doesn’t buy that either! What you look like has no bearing on how God treats you. He loves you…period. Have you ever gone to a church where you, or others, were judged by their looks? My advice? Don’t go back! Find another church, they’re all not the same.
Remember the children’s song: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Let me assure you…you can add short, spiky-haired mohawk to that list.
(Paul speaking) As for those who were considered important in the church, their reputation doesn’t concern me. God isn’t impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. Galatians 2
It’s about that time. The start of school. Buying new clothes, new shoes, notebooks, pens and pencils and crayons, paper, calculators, glue…fun for the kids…expense for the parents. Oh, and there’s also registration, book fees, physicals, and shots. A new school year is beginning!
And, that’s what I always liked about the start of school. It’s new! It like starting over. So…your previous year was bad. You didn’t like your teacher. And yuck, that hateful (insert name here) was in your class. Maybe, you hated studying American history. Perhaps, you just got bored with the same routine, same classroom, same people at lunch, whatever. Borrrring!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5
A relationship with Jesus is like starting over. He doesn’t care what your life was like before you paired up with him. He just says: “Let’s start anew.” A new year. A new life. Everything is new. All the mistakes you’ve made are just tossed in the trashcan. Doesn’t matter how small or large they are. It’s a new day!
Do you remember the excitement of being a child and coming home to tell your mom and dad: “Guess which teacher I got? Mrs. Edwards!!! She’s the one I wanted! She’s the best in my grade!!!”
Today you could restart your life. You could be thinking: “Wow! My mentor is now Jesus! He’s the best! He’s the perfect one for me!!!”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22
Russell Hantz. A mean, controlling, man, some think. And, where did we meet him? On the reality show “Survivor.” Since the object of the game is to outplay, outwit, and outlast all your opponents, Russell might be seen as one of the show’s greatest players. He lied and manipulated others to do things to move him closer to the million dollar prize.
Survivor–outwit, outplay, outlast. that’s what you do in the survivor community. But that’s not what Jesus says is important. He says the two most important commandments are to love God…and love your neighbors as yourself. That’s not so easy, is it. We might not even know the names of our neighbors, much less love them. But Jesus expects us to live in a community that’s vastly different from “Survivor.”
Today as you walk out your front door and see your neighbor, think about what it might look like to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And consider how much better your community might be if we all did so.
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. Matthew 7
Recently a sixth grade honor student was in the news spotlight. She was suspended from attending school. What did she do? She came to school with pink hair. She had violated the school’s rule against “unnatural and ‘excessive’ hair color.” The school allows only “natural color, brown, blond, black, natural red/auburn.” The purpose of the rule was that allowing any color hair would cause a disruption. Why did the girl dye her hair? Her father allowed it as an incentive for improving her grades. So what’s fair here? Our world is full of situations like this one.
Being fair is seeing a situation from the viewpoint of each person involved. Neither person is favored, fairness seeks the best, just, and most equitable solution. Jesus was into fairness. That’s why he said for you to think about what you would want done to you before deciding what to do to the other person. He was thinking about those times when, if you did the fair thing, you might not get your way. Or, you might even get hurt.
Being fair is not always easy. It means thinking about others as well as ourselves. By the way, the sixth grade student was allowed to go back to school…with her pink hair.