Thinking back to the mid 1980’s when I was in college. We had a group of guys who lived in the suite next door to us. They were born again Christians.
Great guys. They played guitar. They were lots of fun to be around. You never had to worry about whether your room was locked when they were around.
We called them “The God Squad.”
It’s kind of funny when you look back on it. Besides the cool name these guys got, you really wouldn’t have noticed too many differences. The main ones: the prayed before eating, never swore and never threw up in the bathroom sink.
If you looked closer you also saw another difference. They had an air of serenity that most of the rest of us didn’t. We always seemed to worry about stuff – grades, girlfriends, lack of girlfriends, cars, etc.
The God Squad were always in a good mood. They seemed more self-assured than the rest of us. At least this particular group of guys did.
There were others around – the ones who got in your face and asked if you’d been saved. Some of them seemed to look down on those who didn’t hold the same beliefs as the others.
Even then I could tell those guys radiated negative energy and usually repulsed the very people they were trying to attract.
The God Squad would just be. If you asked a question, they’d answer. They may even invite you to whatever place of worship they attended. But it always seemed like an invitation, not an ultimatum.
I admired The God Squad for their willingness to do what felt right, and the ease with which they did it. Unlike the other more aggressive born again Christians, no one made fun of the God Squad. They were among the most respected group of people in the residence hall.
Not surprisingly (looking back on it) they also seemed to have the most attractive girlfriends, although not necessarily what we thought of as the “hotties” at the time.
With twenty something years of hindsight and some good life experiences, I now know The God Squad were really just some of the early practitioners of the Law Of Attraction.
They used Christianity and the Bible as their frame of reference, and they focused on the parts that preach love, inclusion and acceptance of all people as God’s children.
I’m glad the God Squad were around then. They were great role models for me and others, not necessarily in what to do, but in how to be yourself. Saying very little, they actually said a lot.
For all you current God Squadders, keep up the good work. Be yourselves, and invite others into your experience. The right ones will show – ready, willing and able.
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