It is difficult for most people to be radically different from those around them. It makes them feel vulnerable, and like everyone is staring at them almost like they are walking around naked, like you are walking around without a face mask on. It is more comfortable to blend in and be like everyone else. It is one thing to dress the same, to drive the same kinds of cars, and to like the same foods, but it is an entirely different thing when our definitions for what is right and wrong and our values blend in with our cultures.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
It is the radical difference that gives Christianity it’s power to transform the world around us. When we attempt to be non-offensive to our world we become like our world, we conform.
God gives strength and power; He gives supernatural strength and power. He gives it to those who are living for Him, in obedience to Him. With that strength, He gives joy, confidence, healthy self-worth, and wisdom.
Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth, and if the salt loses it’s saltiness, it’s radical difference, it is good for nothing but to be cast out and trampled underfoot by men, by the world. Christians and the Church are quickly being marginalized and villainized by our culture. We can moan and groan about losing our rights to our liberal government, but everything is happening by the rules of God. If we the church act like a wimp we will be treated like a wimp.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.