Growing up with a severe disability, I yearned to fit in with the kids in my neighborhood. I gravitated to all the fads and trends of the 1960s, confident that if I wore that accessory or listened to that radio station, everyone would see that I was one of them. And they would accept me.
For the most part, I think I’ve overcome the need for cultural acceptance. I hope I have. After all, owning a blog called The Outspoken TULIP doesn’t exactly scream a willingness to compromise, now does it? So I have said the sorts of things that could eventually put me in prison. I won’t acquiesce to a society that calls good evil and evil good.
Such commitment to God’s Word isn’t always fun.
Sometimes I think it would be easier to just pretend that I approve of homosexuality, divorce, sex outside of marriage and all the other sins that our postmodern world insists I condone. Sometimes I think it world be easier to embrace the idea of putting women in pulpits and nod approvingly when someone claims the Lord spoke to her directly. Facebook and Twitter would certainly be more pleasant!
Frankly, going against the tide of liberal groupthink can weary a person. I don’t enjoy having minority opinions. You probably don’t either. But when I feel tempted to compromise with the world, the Lord brings Scriptures to mind that stop me. For instance, the words Jesus spoke to His disciples:
8 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. ~~John 15:18-19 (ESV)
Following Jesus won’t win me any popularity contests. Not if I truly follow Him. As a matter of fact, following Him by believing His Word in a way that acts on it downright guarantees that I will face rejection and some level of persecution (see 2 Timothy 3:12).
Sisters, we’re reaching the time when Biblical Christianity will not be tolerated. No matter what happens at the ballot box (and shame on you if you’re looking to political candidates to Make America Great Again), we have absolutely no reason to expect culture to come around. The world has always hated Jesus and it always will hate Jesus. As a result, Christians won’t fit in.
Since we won’t fit in anyway, let’s boldly proclaim the Gospel with confidence that the Holy Spirit will work through us to save His elect. We don’t need to win the world’s approval; we just need to be faithful.