“I Only Wear The Best Of labels”
When I saw that cartoon I couldn’t resist: “Are you sure ‘One Size Fits All’ is a designer label?” It amazes me how people spend huge amounts of money on “labels”: designer shoes; designer purses; designer clothing lines; designer whatever… Unfortunately there are also “designer labels” for people; and these labels were manufactured by the enemy of our souls! He encourages people to place and/or accept “labels” manufactured in his maniacal sweat shop from Hell! These are labels like: “Loser”; “Stupid”; “Failure”; “Second Class Citizen”; “Forever an Addict”; “Hopeless Drunk”; “Screw-up”; and the list goes on. Any negative tag is okay with the Father of Lies! If he can get people to believe they are less than who God created them to be, he knows he has a foothold in their lives.
During my tenure as a minister with Teen Challenge I have seen people come into program with some of the most horrendous labels. Some of these labels are self-imposed; some are placed on them by “professionals”; and some are placed on them by society in general. Some might say these labels are well deserved – maybe so… The ones that I shake my head at are the ones where a person meets with the individual for fifteen or twenty minutes and labels them with some kind of designer disorder. (Throughout the years I have seen diagnostic trends.) “You are bipolar!” (I question, “Which came first the methamphetamine or the bipolar?” Especially since someone’s behavior on speed mimics bipolar behavior.) “You are clinically depressed and need extreme medication.” (Well, maybe the person just needs to grieve since they just lost a loved one.) “You are a hopeless addict and need to stay on methadone.” (I have known people who were on methadone for decades and instead of the dosage getting smaller, it got higher. I have seen them come to Teen Challenge after decades on methadone and be totally set free by Christ.) Though these labels really bug me, the ones that send me over the edge are the ones they give to kids with problems. There are so many of these that it isn’t even funny. When I questioned a “label” placed on one of our TC kids, stating to the professional that he was not fully developed yet and should not be “labeled”, the professional told me she knew that. but they had to give him a label in order to get funding for their program. So, the kid is labeled, stamped with something that will follow him for years, if not for life, so they can get funding for their programs. Sounds good to me… naught!
The sad thing about labels, the wearers start living up to them. They start believing them and soon believe they cannot change. They try and fail, only further solidifying that the label they are now wearing is true! Well, I think we need to rip out every label and send them back to the pit of Hell where they belong. If someone is in need of a change or is entangled by a self destructive lifestyle, the key to get out of it is to see the truth! And, though today’s philosophers may disagree, there really is an absolute source of truth! It is called the Word of God! We need to label ourselves and others with who Christ says we are: Children of the King; Join heirs with Jesus Christ; Conquerors; Victorious; Over-comers; Fearfully and Wonderfully Made; Healed and Set Free! We are set free to become ALL God has called us to be. The freedom is there, we just need to believe the Author of Truth and allow His Truth to change us from the inside out.
As I read over what I just wrote, I think some might think I am on a rampage. No, I am just sick and tired of precious souls believing lies and living beneath where God has called to live. The Word teaches us that the “TRUTH” shall set us free. I personally know this to be true in my life and have seen His truth set literally hundreds of sin sick souls free from “things” they were labeled with for most of their lives. I want to close this out with a label for all of us to wear: “LOVED BY GOD!” #lettheLordlabelme