The other day I was mulling over some random thoughts:
On the road almost everybody passes me. I don't tend to drive real fast. But once in awhile I come upon someone slower than I, and I pass Him. It feels exhilarating, almost awesome. It doesn't happen often. Question: If I passed everyone, all the time would I have the same feeling? Maybe there's something to be said for the slow lane, and God-given contentment.
I notice Immanuel school children in uniform. I like that. (Uniform means "Alike, the Same"). Of course, many kids wear uniforms anyway — of their own choosing. I'm thinking of the baggy pants, untied sneakers, oversized sweatshirts, caps worn backwards (or sideways), earrings, etc.
One of the interesting differences in these two uniforms: One is worn because you belong (school). The other is worn in order to belong.
We wear the "uniform of Christian charity and good works" because we belong to Christ, not in order to belong.
"Bad" people don't seem to feel bad, i.e. guilty, remorseful, ashamed and the like. But they do try to make "good" people feel bad. They usually succeed. It has something to do with conscience and spiritual sensitivity — or lack of it. Being a follower of Christ can make you vulnerable to lots of things, including the manipulation of others.