In college, a few of us wore Dr. Martens to identify with the working class and to differentiate ourselves from “everyone else” (it was the late 80’s). We created inner circles by changing shoes. Many followed. Sometimes you can create an inner circle by drawing your own.
When I worked with the disabled and retarded, we would go through phases, calling folks who were retarded, clients, participants, members. The hope was to try to erase prejudice and stereotypes by changing the use of words. The disabled where scorned, looked down upon and kept from the inner cricle of life. We thought changing vocabulary could fix things. Sometimes your out of the circle, no matter what you say.
Funny how we are always moving into and out of accepted circles. PC or Mac? Which cricle is cooler
Check out the videos below. They are pretty funny, very satirical, and make a point about the growing distain that some churches have for Christian subcultures and the ghettos they form. In the videos below, the contrast that is being made is between "Christians" and "Christ followers." The contrast here is informal vs. formal, modern vs postmodern, dorky vs. hip etc. Is all this just another form of my circle is better than your circle? What do you think?
I’m a Christ Follower (Part 1)
I’m a Christ Follower (Part 2)
I’m a Christ Follower (Part 3)
I’m a Christ Follower (Part 4)