This ad although from the 90’s always irritated me. Mainly because you don’t have to claim to be or even want to be a role model. Like it or not you probably already are. and in a case like Mr Barkley above, he definitely is. He was at the time a very popular and noteworthy Basketball star. He had a shoe line, and like it or not someone doesn’t buy your shoe if they don’t look up to you in some way. That is exactly how basketball sneakers sell. There are at any given time a dozen shoes on the market with different players names attached and you wear the shoe of the player you like best. The one you admire. They are then one of your role models.
There is nothing wrong with having a role model. We all have them and we are all very likely someone else's. Be it a friend or a younger sibling.
From when we are kids to adult we naturally imitate what we see most or traits we see in others that we admire.
The blessing of true Christian role models is immeasurable because it is a very effective way of passing on Gods truth and ways from generation to generation. There is that old saying that “You may be the only Bible that someone you meet ever reads”
That is why we worry about our witness.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23
Paul says “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” Heb 13:7
Paul is encouraging us to look towards the Godly and be like them. To have role models not idols.
Not to put your faith in someone or worship them like an idol but to admire the things they do and the way they do them.
This isn’t a blanket statement telling you its ok to emulate the un-Godly. The majority of Hollywood and Athletes are not good role models. They acknowledge God when they win an award or a game but then deny them by their lifestyle.
These people have set up a false god in their life. One that is ok with the way they want to live.
Paul says we should consider the fruit of someone before we even consider emulating them. There will be good long lasting fruit produced by someone the Holy Spirit is working in.
Paul went so far as to encourage people to use him as a role model as long as he was a faithful emulator of Christ. Knowing that its easier to imitate someone you can physically look to sometimes then someone you read about.
“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1.
As an artist I have several “role models” for that aspect of my life. While I admire the way they draw or paint, I have read enough thru interviews to not admire their lifestyle.
Be discerning in your selection and be mindful of those who might look up to you.
Your friends at school or work may not come to church. You may be the only Christian they know and your life may in fact be the only Bible they read. So lets make sure its a translation and not a paraphrase version. YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL!
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