Growing up, my dad always told me to be a nonconformist. I think he kind of said it as a joke, often encouraging me to be a leader, not a follower, of crowds. My dad was always highly respected in our town, often seen as a standard setter, not a settler.
In our culture of feelings over facts, collapsing morals, hatefulness, division, and brokenness, this reigns true. We aren't asked to be snobs. We aren't asked to be hateful or judgmental. We are asked to be unpopular. We are called to be different, bold, and lights in a crooked and twisted generation.
You don't HAVE to impress your friends. You don't HAVE to go along with the crowd.
You don't HAVE to accept everything you hear in mainstream media.
You don't HAVE to go on a Facebook rant or comment something to someone across the world who probably won't be convinced by your comment.
But you do need to take a stand right where you are–not just with your lips but with your life. It's not just about what you say but about what you do and how you live.You do need to take a stand right where you are--not just with your lips but with your life. Click To Tweet
You certainly HAVE to love but you certainly do NOT have to agree with ungodliness.
Since when has love meant agreeing with everything someone else wants you to agree with? Love does not mean agreeing.
Because you're not called the wide path or the blending in path.
You're called to the narrow path.
Now, narrowness does not need to mean hatefulness. It means a heart that's focused and committed, unswervingly. You're not here to make everyone happy. You're here to be a light. And light illuminates darkness and it does not go out at night.
We live in a world of hot button issues but that's not something to shy away from nor is it something you should bend the word of God around to make it seem more “like-able.” It just doesn't work like that. You either take Him at His Word or you don't, plain and simple.
If you're not sure where to stand on certain issues, don't just mimic what you hear half the world saying on social media or echo what you hear on TV. Open your Bible. Seek the wisdom and Truth of the Lord — and stand in that Truth. Here are some passages to look at when you're not sure:
1 Corinthians 6:17-20
If it's called a sin by the Word of God, it's a sin and however the world “feels” about that doesn't change that eternal fact. If it hurts the heart of God, if it damages your true view of identity, or slithers in and whispers lies, it is poison.
Because you can't say I believe “X” in front of one crowd as well as I believe “not X” in front of another. If you truly believe it, if you truly follow God, you will stand firm when that makes you unpopular and even unaccepted. Standing firm in it doesn't mean going on Facebook rants or point fingers at people, but it does mean holding fast and not budging when you're called names, assumed to be narrow minded, or misunderstood.
When it gets difficult, when you feel alone, put it in perspective. Remember that Your Savior was spat on for you. Mocked for you. Rejected for you. Don't be surprised if it happens to you.
When it looks hopeless, remember that darkness comes before the dawn but He's promised darkness will not win.
And I don't know about you, but I want to be on the winning team.
So, I dare you: choose purpose over popularity.Because it is far better to stand out for the Kingdom of God than to fit in for the Kingdom of high school…or your workplace…or Facebook for that matter. And if they call you names or leave you out, so be it.
God calls you by name and that's all that should really matter, anyway.If they don't like you or call you names, so be it. God calls you by name and that's all that really matters, anyway. Click To Tweet
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2.