Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Determine to Be Different

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

"You're wierd." "You're strange." "There's something different about you."

When we were school children, these words would have killed us. The idea of being ridiculed by our classmates would have been enough to make us beg our parents to pack up and move four states away. Sometimes words can hurt worse than any physical pain, even as adults. By the time we're adults, though, we care a little less about what someone thinks about us. However, that doesn't mean we have stopped caring all together. Why is it then that we, as christians, have set ourselves up to intentionally be considered different, wierd, or strange from the rest of the world?

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary gives the following definitions;

Strange- "not before known, heard, or seen : unfamiliar b : exciting wonder or awe"

Wierd- "of strange or extraordinary character."

Different- " 1. Partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality 2. not the same as 3. unusual; special."

When we understand the true definitions of these words, it doesn't seem like they're an insult at all! In fact, it sounds like quite the complement. God tells us that he doesn't want us to be conformed to this world, because it's not our home. It's just a rest stop. A proving ground, if you will. God wants to know if you can follow a simple set of instructions (the Bible) in order to earn the prize at the end (eternity with Him).

Jesus was not of this world, but came into this world to set the example. When we follow his example we are destined to be wierd, different, or strange from this world because Jesus himself was wierd, different, and strange by definition.

So the next time someone tells you you're wierd, different, or strange because of your faith, just remember you're in good company and accept the compliment.

Stay strange. Be wierd. Determine to be different.

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