Sunday, January 9, 2011

We Are NOT Yuppies



Have you ever heard of the word "Yuppie"? Well let me give you a definition. Wikipedia defines them as "a member of the upper middle class in their twenties or thirties". That isn't so bad right? Well not exactly. Wikipedia goes on to say that yuppies are: "a late-twentieth-century cultural phenomenon of self-absorbed young professionals, earning good pay, enjoying the cultural attractions of sophisticated urban life and thought, and generally out of touch with...a far less well-off and more parochial Middle America". Oh kill me now if I'm really a yuppie.

You have to understand that Ryan and I have discussed with our good friends the Malones to great lengths what yuppie means and if we are indeed such. Moving back from Saudi Arabia sparked the interest because we knew we would likely be labeled as something. So before any research the four of us had, perhaps naively, agreed that the term referred to organic-eating, bike-riding, apartment- living, preppy-wearing, young working professionals. I'll take it that harmless description.

However in light of what Wikipedia offers up about yuppies, this post is to set the record straight: that the Deckers (and the Malones) are most probably NOT yuppies! Not by the standard and definition that Wikipedia or the world uses. I'll take the organic-hippie-biking-professional title any day. But a label that implies I'm out of touch with those hurting in America and a self-absorbed overly paid young professional. That I can't take. But the truth is we have had a lot of fun deciding what our new labels or cultural status is according to America and it challenged us a lot in the ways we will choose to live now that we are settled back in the States.

Christ calls us to something bigger anyway. To be in the darkest parts of our neighborhood. To serve in our community. To share the gospel. To labor for Him to make ripples in eternity. To give our money away. Although we are not perfect at it we are trying. We are striving for Christ daily, not for ourselves, and hopefully living above mediocrity that the world sets for us.

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
Psalm 89:15

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