July 1, 2022

Christians Are Bizarre

I keep in mind enjoying volleyball at a highschool/faculty youth evening. At my flip to serve, I yelled throughout the online, “Alright, go me the ball.”

{The teenager} throughout from me was doing again flips and bouncing the ball off his head. Apparently he’d simply created a recreation that concerned passing me the ball, however solely on his phrases.

“Um, OK. Are you able to go me the ball?” Extra flips and cartwheels. “Dude, it’s a great factor you’re home-schooled,” I laughed, “As a result of someday of that on the playground, and also you’d have extra bruises than fingers.”

This child was bizarre. I imply tremendous bizarre, and I joked with buddies that this child had the social expertise of a cabbage (no offense to cabbages). And whereas this child may have undoubtedly benefited from some extra human interplay, after speaking with him afterward, he turned out to be a sensible dude, a lot smarter than I used to be, and tremendously targeted on the Lord’s course in his life. I noticed my error in judging him so shortly, and I noticed it was OK to be “bizarre,” as a result of God calls us to be bizarre.

All through the Bible, God tells us to be totally different. He calls us to not suppose the identical, act the identical, even costume or converse the identical. God calls us “a selected race … a holy nation … a folks for his personal possession…” The King James makes use of the phrase “a peculiar folks” (1 Peter 2:9). God doesn’t mince phrases. We’re totally different, and we’re referred to as to be that method.

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Sure, Christians are bizarre. And that’s a great factor.

I noticed my model of “bizarre” was based mostly on a preconception. How many people do the identical factor, making an evaluation based mostly on the way in which we’re “supposed” to look, act, converse or behave? It’s regular to need to slot in. However standing out shouldn’t make us uncomfortable; it ought to make us really feel distinctive. Typically occasions it could even make buddies and colleagues respect us extra.

When requested to introduce myself in the course of the first session of a school class, I stated, “My identify’s Steve, and I really like Jesus and the Beatles.” (As a result of severely, what a combo). Relaying to a good friend later, he couldn’t imagine I’d stated I really like Jesus in entrance of the category, however there was by no means a second the place I’d considered ashamed of it (Romans 1:16). Later a classmate talked about how a lot she’d appreciated me talking up. It wasn’t bizarre to her both; she simply didn’t but have the braveness to say so herself.

Individuals are inclined to need to slot in, they usually’ll do nearly something to keep away from standing out. Comic Jerry Seinfeld as soon as joked that extra folks would moderately be within the casket than standing up giving the eulogy. However the child doing leaping jacks on his head didn’t suppose what he was doing was so unusual. He’d been taught to precise himself, to be energetic and never go together with how everybody else believed he ought to act.

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In the identical method, I didn’t suppose making a public declaration of my religion was unusual. The world could have conditioned folks to be uncomfortable with it, but it surely appeared completely regular to me. How usually can we really feel “bizarre” about explaining our religion to strangers or really feel misplaced when requested how we got here to know the Lord? How usually can we see films, tv or music make jokes about our religion and draw back from saying what we actually imagine?

God isn’t involved with what’s “regular.”

The God of the Bible isn’t interested by how nicely we slot in, how nicely we’re preferred, or whether or not or not folks suppose we’re regular. As a substitute, we’re referred to as to suppose, converse and act in another way. God says, “You shall be holy, for I’m holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Simply as God tells us to not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2) we should always by no means really feel like we’re pressured to bend to how the world tells us to behave in terms of residing or advocating for our religion. You might even discover that your instance provides others energy to attract from.

The subsequent time you’re feeling misplaced or ask your self why it may be troublesome to be the “bizarre” Christian that different folks may make jokes at, keep in mind that you could be be setting the instance for another person to observe. You might be giving them the arrogance to comprehend there’s nothing misplaced about residing for example for Jesus Christ. As a result of, sure, being a Christian undoubtedly is bizarre, and that’s a great factor.

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Are there issues that make you’re feeling bizarre, peculiar or misplaced in terms of your religion? Are there occasions while you want you could possibly simply be like everybody else?

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