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Verse 12, 16: “I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong;” “Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

In an issue of Marvel Team-Up (a comic series that offered usually a one-issue adventure with Spider-Man and a guest star), Spider-Man and Howard the Duck had to team up to defeat a super-villain named Status Quo. This gentleman, bombarded, besieged, and attacked by the fads of the day, took it upon himself to learn Madison Avenue media manipulation techniques and other forms of subliminal suggestion to begin a crusade to destroy all fads and return to “the good old days”. Making his way to New York (via a taxi-cab ride from Howard), Status Quo begins to stir the tired day-shift New Yorkers into a hypnotized frenzy in the park. Spider-Man primarily quells the rioting and then helps Howard, who tries to convince Status Quo that it’s okay for folks to blow off a little steam and enjoy themselves. He accuses Status Quo of being nothing but a “wet blanket”. Seeing the error of his ways, Status Quo reconsiders his crusades, as his formerly convinced, dazed followers go back to their lives.

Paul had another type of “brainwashing” he had to overcome here. He reminds the Galatians that they formerly had welcomed him and received the message of salvation eagerly. Now they were bamboozled by the Judaizers’ speeches that Paul wasn’t a true apostle, and that the salvation he preached was incomplete. He had to cut through the hypnotic hogwash that the Galatians were being fed and remind them again what the truth really was. Pretty words and convincing talk can sometime muddy the waters, especially if the subject of the message seems logical or clear. But be wary; the devil is not stupid and is not called the prince of lies for nothing!

Also remember: Jesus came to upset the status quo of the day, and show all the way to true salvation!

Something to think about.

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