“Watch Me”? – Influence Peddler
Key Bible Verse: But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. – Ephesians 4:20
Bonus Reading: Ephesians 4:17-20
Kid after kid was being hauled before a judge in a juvenile court, most from one inner-city neighborhood. Exasperated, he asked one young offender, “Where did you learn to do this stuff?”
The adolescent replied, ‘”Rocko taught me.”
When the next case came up, the judge asked, “Who taught you to steal?”
Over the next three days, the judge found 33 juvenile delinquents who’d picked up their criminal skills from Rocko. Realizing that he was the key to cutting the crime rate, the judge instructed the district attorney to find him and bring him in. Two days later, Rocko stood before the bench.
“Well, what do you have to say for yourself?” the judge demanded. “I’ve got a jail full of minors whose lives you’ve corrupted. How could you do such a thing?”
“Eddie taught me,” the young man replied.
In a perverted but potent way, gangs do what the community of faith ought to have been doing all along—multiplying themselves by using the influence of personal relationships to affect attitudes and behavior.
—Howard Hendricks in Standing Together
My Response: An instance I’ve observed of modeling positive behaviors is …
Adapted from Standing Together (Vision, 1995)