Shepard Fairey . . .

. . . is an American skateboarder and street artist who is most well known for two logos which became cultural phenomena. One is his ‘OBEY’ clothing brand which, with a single word, has made him a multi-millionaire. The other is his poster for the 2005 US Presidential campaign, bearing a stylised image of Barak Obama and the single word HOPE.

Obey

Hope

I was struck by the apparent contradiction of these two four-letter words and certainly by their related images as the word OBEY is presented as negative, foreboding. But can we rescue it?

This morning we will see how the theme of obedience runs clean through the whole of scripture and far from being limiting, enslaving, is freeing and liberating and the means to discover true life, life in all its fullness, when applied to obedience to God.

 


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