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We can follow good examples as easily as bad ones.

Our society celebrates sports heroes and has for nearly as long as media has been around. The recent film 'Air', chronicled the rise of basket-ball legend Michael Jordan and his partnership with Nike in the mid 1980's. Jordan changed the sports shoes and athletic wear landscape like no other sports figure had in the 20th century. Kids looked up to Jordan with advertisements encouraging them to "Be Like Mike". Our culture wants to have heroes to look up to. But what if those 'heroes' don't have our best interests at heart?

As society continues its downward trajectory, the "Michael Jordan's" of yesterday are being replaced by less and less wholesome role-models. We (and our kids especially) mimic and emulate what we see. Unfortunately, the messages conveyed often directly contradict the teaching of the Bible. Fame has often been linked to the unfulfilled promise of contentment.

Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."

And we can be just as influenced by those we surround ourselves with. What a shame to undermine all of what we've put effort into to live right...all because we find ourselves copying what we see?

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'"

They might not have had the internet, social media, movies and TV to worry about but they had the same influences. No matter the era, sometimes they can be difficult to spot.

2 Corinthians 11:14 "And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."

Our society would be so much better off if we copied the best teacher we have, Jesus.

John 8:31 "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'"

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