It’s Hip To Be Square
I was talking to Andrew the other day extolling the virtues of the 80′s (Andrew is my son). As all of us who lived through them remember, the 80′s were the greatest decade ever.
One thing that I told him about was how big Huey Lewis and the News were back then. He tried to put it into perspective by asking if they were as big as Lil’ Wayne. It was hard for him to believe that Huey Lewis was bigger than Lil’ Wayne ever thought about being.
Among the songs that HL&N had was It’s Hip To Be Square. Huey and the boys sang about how it was good to conform a bit.
Despite the title of this post, I’m not writing about conformity. However, Huey made me think about the kind of square I do want to discuss.
I’m not much of a carpenter, but I have helped build a few things in my life. Perhaps the most important thing, besides measure twice and cut once, is that anything you build has to be square. I don’t think I have ever seen anything built that was not in square, but I imagine it would look pretty odd.
Being in square means that all of the angles are cut straight and at a 90 degree angle. Everything fits perfectly and is flush. The entire structure just looks right.
What about us? Are we square with in the cross?
I’m not talking about salvation. My assumption is that we are saved and are followers of Christ.
The picture I’m painting is of us right where the horizontal and the vertical of the cross meet.
Are we reaching up the vertical toward God in our relationship with Him? Are we pursuing that on a regular basis?
Are we reaching out to our brothers and sisters on the horizontal? Are we pursuing relationships that will edify us and edify others?
Are we square?
It’s easy to let one or both go. We may exclude our relationship with God with a greater emphasis on people. We may exclude relationships in our pursuit of God.
In reality, it takes both. Both areas are necessary to our faith and growth.
In other words, it’s hip to be square.
Are you “square” with God and your brothers and sisters?
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