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Chicanery of Chic
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I received an invitation to a birthday party for two wonderful twenty-something friends. The email arrived with all the basic information about the party: the date, the time, the address, etc. What caught my attention was one line that said, “Dress Code:  Casual Chic”.  Now, I knew some of the typical dress codes like black tie, formal wear, and business casual but I had never heard of  “casual chic”. So I wondered… Casual chic? What was that? What was I supposed to wear?

Christians face many challenges where mainstream trends and fads compete for attention. We may find ourselves venturing into the seducing and enticing pleasures of a “chic” world. Granted, dressing casually chic to a birthday party is no big deal. It only means dressing casually but elegant. What may be a bigger deal is when we face deeper issues in our lives and we depend on the “chicanery of the chic”, the craftiness of this world, to guide us.

Chic Christians

The Apostle Paul had to deal with the Corinthians, a group of people who wanted to be “chic Christians”. Corinth was no different than any urban “chic', metropolis today. To live in Corinth was to be chic. These “chic Christians” had deep problems. They were dealing with relationship issues, sexual issues, moral issues; not much different than today. In the process of living chic Christian lives, they sought out the “chicanery of the chic”, the craftiness of this world, instead of seeking God’s wisdom. 

In the words of Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Paul counseled them, “Don't fool yourself. Don't think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. Be God's fool—that's the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It's written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. The Master sees through the smoke screens of the know-it-alls” (I Corinthians 3:18-20).

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