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I Know What You Did Last Sunday

Religion Hypocrisy Peer Pressure

Source: "Study 'I Know What You Did Last Sunday' Finds Americans Significantly Inflate Religious Participation" published Public Religion Research Institute, 5/17/14

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-19

Scripture: Galatians 1:10 ; Matthew 6:2

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ILLUSTRATION

A new Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) study, “I Know What You Did Last Sunday: Measuring Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Behavior, Belief, and Belonging,” has concluded that Americans greatly exaggerate their religious affiliation and participation.

The PRRI study asked random samples of Americans identical questions on two surveys – one via telephone and the other online – and compared the results. Across the board, when shielded by the anonymity of the internet, respondents reported lower rates of affiliation and attendance than when engaged in personal interaction with a telephone interviewer.

Among the findings: 36 percent of telephone respondents claim they attend religious services weekly or more, compared to 31 percent of the online respondents, and only 30 percent of telephone respondents admit they seldom attend religious services compared to 43 percent of online respondents.

"Surprisingly," reports the PRRI, "the social desirability effects are strong even among the religiously unaffiliated."

APPLICATION

If the religiously unaffiliated are tempted to pretend to be more religious than they really are, what about those who gladly affiliate themselves with the faith? As believers we must guard ourselves against the temptation to put on a show, pretending to be more spiritual than we really are in the eyes of others. We may fool our public, but we can't hide our duplicitous hearts from God.

"Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant" (Galatians 1:10).

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full" (Matthew 6:2).

Saved By A Spoon

Youth Peer Pressure Cultural Trends

Source: "Spoon in underwear saving youths from forced marriage" by Robin Millard, AFP, Published August 15, 2013 on FoxNews.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-24

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 ; 2 Corinthians 11:2

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ILLUSTRATION

Young victims of forced marriage have a new weapon against those who would sell them into lives of imposed matrimony. It's not a gun in a holster or a sword in a sheath, but a spoon in their underpants!

With the rising trend and trade of youngsters into forced marriages abroad, British authorities are stepping up their efforts to identify potential victims of this ancient practice which is itself akin to slave trade. Airport personnel are receiving special training to spot both traffickers and victims. And non-profit groups are stepping up their effort to help inform and equip victims in methods of intervention and escape.

One group, the Karma Nirvana charity, which supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honor-based abuse, says they advise young people who suspect they are being transported out of the country and into a forced marriage to hide a spoon or other metallic object in their underpants. "When they go though security, it will highlight this object in a private area and, if 16 or over, they will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportunity to disclose they're being forced to marry," said Natasha Rattu, Karma Nirvana's operations manager.

Based in Derby, central England, Karma Nirvana reports that it fields 6,500 calls per year from around Britain, but  in 2013 year-to-date they have almost already reached that point as awareness of the issue grows. Says Rattu:

When petrified youngsters ring, "if they don't know exactly when it may happen or if it's going to happen, we advise them to put a spoon in their underwear. We've had people ring and that it's helped them and got them out of a dangerous situation. It's an incredibly difficult thing to do with your family around you -- but they won't be aware you have done it. It's a safe way." 

APPLICATION

Trapped by cultural and societal pressures, young people are everywhere and everyday being pressured, nay forced, into unhealthy, unsafe, undesirable lifestyles and life choices.

Such pressure is not limited, though, to radical religious or fringe groups. Look around. At every turn young people are being pushed along by the swell of public opinion, peer pressure, and political correctness into an unwitting marriage with worldly, secular thinking.

Let's not make the mistake of assuming that they are all going willingly. Many, if not most, have no idea of the danger they are in. Some even long for a way of escape, but are afraid to buck the system. Like the British airport security personnel, we must be more vigilant to spot both traffickers and victims and step up our efforts to help inform and equip victims in methods of intervention and escape. 

We must be ready to really hear their questions, their concerns, and be ready to offer them an alternative--not a spoon in their underwear--but a knowledge of the Savior who longs for them to be His bride.

"…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…" (1 Peter 3:15).

"For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband--Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2, NLT).

Jesus' Burden Is Light

Rest Relationships Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-02-02

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

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ILLUSTRATION

Every human relationship carries with it a certain set of expectations. That responsibility differs depending on the nature of the relationship.  I have one set of responsibilities to those who hold authority over me, like my boss or my pastor.  I have another set of responsibilities to my friends, to my neighbors, to those I mentor, to my spouse, and yet another to my children. 

Needless to say, some of these relationships carry a weightier burden of responsibility than do others. 

APPLICATION

But who places the heaviest burden of expectation on you? For the Christian, the answer is easy, that would be God.  Right? After all, He is our Creator and all that we have we owe to HIm. 

Nevertheless, Jesus said that the burden of expectation He places on us is, comparatively speaking, light.  This is really an astounding statement.  How can our burden of responsibility to God be lighter than it is to others? Aren't we more accountable to Him than to anyone else? Absolutely! In a sense, every moral obligation we have to others goes back to God, Himself.

But the message of grace is that Jesus has taken all of the burdens of God's expectation from us and has placed them on Christ. So, according to Jesus, the lightest burden we will ever bear in any relationship will be with our Savior, who fulfilled all of our obligations. Who else in our life has ever released us like this? 

Jesus has fulfilled all that God expected of us and has replaced those expectations with an unconditional love that has freed us to just love Him back.  Truly, what was a burden has, in Christ, become a joy. 

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30). 

The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

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How Your Girl Friend Reads Your Mind

Marriage Relationships God's Omniscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-25

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13

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Cousin Craziness

Heaven Relationships Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Matthew 12:49

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Man Robs Bank To Escape Wife

Contentiousness Marriage Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:24

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Knot A Problem!

Relationships Counseling Spiritual Gifts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Relationships Respect Co-Dependency

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-10

Scripture: Romans 12:10

Author: Thomas Fox / Illustration Exchange
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Wife of the Year?

Co-Dependency Addiction Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-11

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

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