Since General Larry Platt decided to sing this new favorite hit, “Pants on the ground”, I decided to write about it. What is the deal with the saggy pants? I remember one of my boys going through this phase which drove me crazy with his boxers showing and I still see this craze going on among the young generation, so I hope this song changes some things. Where did this fashion culture start? The origins of sagging come from the United States prison system due to two primary factors. First, uniforms issued to prisoners are usually a few sizes too large. Secondly, belts are prohibited to avoid suicide by hanging oneself, or to avoid being used as a weapon in fights. Contrary to popular belief, the practice did not originate as a means of one prisoner telling another that he is available for homosexual sex. The style was later popularized by hip-hop artists in the 1990s.
What does this have to do with my blog today? The song is stuck in my head! Every time I see a person with saggy pants, I want to start singing it! Cultures are very different and it is hard for most to accept the culture of someone else, but why do people gravitate toward a particular style? To feel loved and accepted. It is not just a culture thing but an identity thing.
The world we live in is totally about who, what and where we find our identity. There are people that find their identity on wanting to be like others, teenagers finding their identity in Hollywood figures, young ladies finding their identity in their boyfriend, people finding their identity in money, professionals finding their identity in their job, parents finding their identity in their children and the list goes on and on. Finding your true identity and authentic self can be tricky because our culture – any culture – rewards conformity, normal behavior, and blending in with the crowd.
We need to stop trying to find our identity in people, things and stuff. We should instead find who we really are in Christ. When you have a relationship with God it is no longer based on what you do; it’s based on who you are –the real you. When you find your identity in Christ you can begin to take off all of the masks of this world and truly reveal who you are. Once you begin to truly live out in finding your purpose of why God created you in your identity, you will begin to care less about what people think and more about who you’re becoming and what you stand for. It won’t be about looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.
Prayer: Lord, help me have compassion and reach out to those who struggle with their identity. Show me how to reach those who hunger and thirst, who are lost or don’t know their identity. I know you are the one we can seek after when we are having an identity crisis because of peer pressure and outside influences. Help me to stay focused on what you want for my life, not others nor my world I live in. In Jesus Name. amen
I Peter 1:2 New Living Translation (©2007)
God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.