Imitators of God – Part 2 – Walking in the Light (Ephesians 5:8-14)

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This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey and always very curious. One day, George saw a man he had on a large yellow straw hat. The man saw George too, what a nice little monkey, he thought I would like to take him home with me. He put his head on the ground and of course, George was curious. He came down from the tree to look at that large yellow hat. The hat had been on the man’s head. George thought it would be nice to have it on his own head. He picked it up and he put it on. Are we familiar with “Curious George” in Malaysia? Did this book make it here? Came out in 1941 back in the United States and our many additions after the original story of a jungle monkey trying to copy anything and everything that the city people do. From this book, the older phrase, monkey see monkey do, became more popular. Well, in addition to this just being, a cute Children’s story, perhaps the reason why it’s so popular, at least in some parts of the world, it’s because many of us relate so well to it. We know what it’s like to be influenced by others. We often imitate those around us, either intentionally or often unintentionally, and we all do this if you just think about it. Many of the mannerisms, many of the physical gestures you use, you picked up from a family member. Some of you as you make presentations at the workplace, make presentations just like your boss does. Your golf swing looks a lot like your trainers. You have the same political convictions as the party that you’re aligned with. You’ve singing like your favorite artists, or at least you try to sing. Most of these are our innocent and unimportant examples off imitation of ways we copy others. But we also do this in the area of morality, and that’s a much more serious matter. We view things as either being right or wrong, based on what majority opinion currently is, monkey see, monkey do, the choices we make. How we view money and entertainment are our goals, and our values greatly reflect the values of our family or our pier or just society in general. And think about it that could be a real problem if monkey sees and monkey does what is wrong? Well, monkeys in trouble.