Are People Really Celebrating Sloppiness?

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Are people really celebrating sloppiness?

Jan 23, 2019

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I understand how our culture emphasizes appearance as “all-important” but what puzzles me is the lack of grooming habits of people today. While self-confidence is celebrated, doesn’t it seem that people are really celebrating sloppiness? — W.D.

A: Society has become used to a relaxed lifestyle with little structure. With the popularity of mobile devices people can move about easily and quickly. The day was when most people worked an eight-hour job, many “clocked in” and were required to work the full day (or night shifts) under scrutiny and supervision. Today people hold meetings at coffee shops; even in the park or walking along the street. There is a phenomenon of watching people walk through malls alone yet carrying on what appears to be a one-sided conversation; but with headphones difficult to see, they are actually conducting business outside of the office and in casual clothing. It is difficult to distinguish someone working or vacationing.

Young people particularly are disconnected from “what used to be.” They emulate what they see in the movies and on television. Yet our culture is filled with more stress leading to anxiety. Much of this can be attributed to peer pressure, a strong emotional pull — not only for youth but for adults. People clamor for acceptance.

A popular theory is “individualism.” Yet people practice the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes and in thinking. Many follow fashion at the expense of integrity. Conformity can be good and it can be very dangerous. Citizens should conform to the laws designed to protect us. Citizens that conform to rebellious behavior can harm themselves — and others. The Bible says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but he transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)


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