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.
4 thoughts on “I Don’t Fit In –And I Shouldn’t”
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
As for the ballot box a quote from Rick Thomas
“The question is no longer whether you want Trump or not, but do you want open borders, full American rights for illegals, no private health care, and taxing yourself as much as necessary to pay for everything that the government chooses, plus infanticide.”
In America we are in Romans 1 judgement, you are right..it will not get better. We as Christians though will stand for truth and what is right, unwavering as we look up and wait for the arrival of our King.
As to Rick Thomas, I somewhat agree, but even then I can’t hope in politicians.
I agree with you and hope that I conveyed that.
God is in control of everything and that includes leaders
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,
I love you sister!
Not fitting in is what drove me to Jesus. Enjoyed this post. Thanks.