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You Don’t Match

If you are a married man you have heard this dreaded phrase. You know as soon as your wife says “You don’t match” that you pretty much are forced into two options. The first one is that you go back to your closet and try to find something your wife does find suitable for you to accompany her to whatever foray she has planned. The rules are endless and as arbitrary, it seems, as when to place the letter ‘E’ before the letter ‘I’. Worse yet, about the time you understand them the rules change and stripes and plaids are friends once again and you’ve been left in the fashion of a decade ago without even knowing it.

Your other option is just as painful, however, and a tad more humiliating. You can just wear whatever you’ve deemed worthy and your wife will proceed to tell every man, woman, boy, and girl within earshot about how you can’t match for the rest of the day. Neither option does much for your self-esteem but at least if you take option number one you won’t be a source of ridicule to every fashion conscience person in a five county area.

This is not a fashion column but I do want to draw a parallel between clothes matching and people matching. This in no way, shape, or form has anything to do with people being the same in skin color or race. Instead I want to think of us matching in terms of our belief in the Lord and our service to Him.

The prophet Amos brings up this subject to the nation of Israel in the little book named after him in the Old Testament. He writes, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Israel had time and time again been brought low before the Lord because of their unholy alliances with neighboring peoples. These ungodly tribes of folks had caused Israel to turn to idols and false gods at an alarming rate. The path of decline for Israel could easily be traced from unholy friendships to unsanctioned marriages to an unbelieving nation in a matter of a few generations.

As Christians we must be careful who are closest friends and allies are. In Proverbs 27:17 (the Friendship Chapter of the Bible) the writer pens these words: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” A good friend helps build us up in faith and good works towards the Lord. A bad friend, though, helps to carry us away from the things of God and His plan for our lives.

Whether it be in marriage or in close friendship the Christian must be mindful of the spiritual condition of the other person. A bad decision can lead to a lifetime of heartache and woe while a good decision can help us in our walk with the Lord.

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