Note: This is the final entry in a series of blogs from my Advanced Preaching students at Kentucky Christian University. I (and they) have appreciated your support and feedback.
Guest author: Mike Andrews (@mandrews909)
Converse makes shoes in
all different styles, and all different colors, being incredibly
personalize-able, and anyone can make them look however they want. Looking back
through the history of Converse, we see people from all walks of life wearing
them. In movies we see our favorite characters wearing them while training for
a big fight (Rocky), living the life of a pregnant teenager (Juno), singing
some of our favorite songs (Grease), and going back in time (Back to the
Future). Yet while we see those on the big screen from different life styles
wearing them, we see them elsewhere in everyday life. We cannot go a day
without seeing someone wearing a pair, from rockers, to rappers, dentists,
rebels, artists, gamers, skaters, basketball players, and even to CEO’s of
fortune 500 companies. Throughout our culture, Converse will fit any type of
person, in any type of lifestyle. They make you, you.
“Just as the body is
one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one
body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one
body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member, but many.” (1 Corinthians 12.12-14
ESV) From my understanding Paul is addressing a problem in the Church at
Corinth with this passage. The problem was divisions, manifesting itself in
importance and internal rivalries. In his writing of this part of Corinthians,
Paul is telling the Corinthians that they are all important in the Church, and
they all have their own purpose in the Church.
Converse can fit any
type of lifestyle. When I’m wearing a pair of my own, and I’m walking down the
street and see someone else wearing a pair, I see that we have a connection.
They may look different, may be a different style, may be different colors and
different material, but we are both rocking Converse, and we have a connection.
Like the body of Christ, we as Christians have a connection. We may look
different, be a different color, may not agree on some things, but we have this
connection. Just how Converse fit in all walks of life,
and can be used in countless ways, so can we.