Sunday Firesides: Don’t Adopt Ideas Based on Trends

We normally believe about things like clothing and toys when we believe about trends. However ideas– from those around diet to whole viewpoints– can also ride the waves of cultural fancy. Keto, jiu-jitsu, and Stoicism will one day appear as outmoded as low-fat eating, taekwondo, and 90s-style evangelical Christianity do now.
Social concerns similarly wax and subside, are spoken about all over, by everyone … up until some new subject du jour rises in the news cycle, and the previous largely drop out of the general public conversation.
Embracing an idea because of a cultural pattern, instead of real personal conviction, brings two threats.
The very first is that you might (momentarily) embrace a concept you do not actually think, fracturing your integrity; publishing about something on social media when everyone else is doing it, and then never ever publishing about that issue once again, need to invite self-examination as to your vulnerability to peer pressure and commitment to important thinking.
The 2nd is that you may prematurely quit on something you do believe in, throwing away the baby with the bathwater once the latter ends up being embarrassingly “over.”.
In an episode of King of the Hill, young Bobby Hill begins hanging out with a group of skateboarding Christians, led by a rad man pastor. Though his father Hank is pleased that Bobby is taking more of an interest in church, he worries that connecting the gospel to something so “appropriate” will turn what may have ended up being a lifelong dedication, into a passing fad.
Hank shows Bobby a box filled with the patterns of yesteryear– Hanks Members Only coat; Bobbys Beanie Babies– as a method into using this counsel: ” I understand you believe that stuff youre doing now is cool, but in a couple of years youre going to believe its lame … and I dont want the Lord to end up in this box.”.