I have never seen a Marvel movie in my life. Never. I just don’t understand why people love them so much–like, why superheroes? I didn’t watch Star Wars until last summer, and while I could see why people liked to watch them, I just didn’t understand why it was so big. They were good, but if number 9 gets canceled I can’t say I would be upset.
I don’t enjoy popular music, either. While I’ve inevitably heard Taylor Swift, Panic! at the Disco, and maybe even some Twenty One Pilots, I never ever listen to their music in my own time. There are some great secular songs out there, but I still don’t like to listen to them. I just don’t. I’d much rather listen to TobyMac, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, and all my other Christian faves.
I don’t have all the trendy clothes that my peers do, either. I have never owned a pair of Converse or Vans, and I outgrew my Crocs years ago. T-shirts from various events and Walmart-brand clothes make up the vast majority of my wardrobe. I went to a secular day camp at a local college last week, and two girls were talking about their shoes and what level of trendy they were, while I stood next to them cringing at my off-brand canvas shoes.
It’s been hard not being in the know about Endgame, the newest secular album release, or what the heck a vine is. It’s not easy not having the newest iphone or trendiest shoes. Even in a Christian crowd I feel out of place and awkward.
But you know what? None of that really matters. I am a child of God and that will never change–even if I can’t quote Hamlin. I like what I like and even though my interests are so different from those around me, I don’t have to change. If I don’t want to watch Marvel, I don’t have to.
In the end, I’m rich beyond measure because I have the gospel. I could watch every movie or own all the shoes in the world; I could memorize the lyrics to every pop song ever written. But no knowledge is as great as God’s Word, and no item is as great as God’s love.
Please don’t change just so the world (or even other Christians) will accept you. Jesus loves you as you are. ❤ It’s a hard thing to remember, but so very important.