Spiritual Practice


Dallas Kepler & Hunter McWhorter

Cliques have been part of life since the beginning of time. We were created equal, but we are different too. Not wanting to feel different, we are often tempted to form cliques with people who have similar interests. At my school I see groups of athletes, performing artists, band members—friends who share an interest in and a love for what they do. Nothing is wrong with having a group of friends to hang out with, unless these cliques turn into a ranking system of popularity and social class. Cliques do not make some people better than others. Cliques should not be mean-spirited or exclusive. Jesus modeled the way for us to live, including everyone and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

—Dallas Kepler


Discover what the Bible says about ranking in 1 Corinthians 12:14–26.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Jesus hung out with tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, and criminals. Even his disciples were a bunch of mismatched individuals, yet they learned from each other and accepted one another as they were. If Jesus lived today, he would not fit in any one clique, especially not the cool one. He’d hang out with the outcasts and the nobodies, with a diverse group of people who may not have it all together. I challenge you to step out and to be different. Break out of your clique and befriend everyone.

—Hunter McWhorter, 20

—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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