When you give in to the pressure of the world around you to fit in, you give away the one thing that makes you unique. You give away the one thing that when the moment comes people will need from you. The world doesn’t need you to be like everybody else. The world isn’t mad because you as a believer are too different from them. They’re mad because you’re too much like them. The one thing you can give is you coming alive to who you are in Christ and shining in the dark places.
That’s something I wrote a few years back after hearing a Kairos sermon about how the world doesn’t hate Christians because they’re too different but because they’re not different enough. Or maybe I heard someone else say it. I can’t remember. It doesn’t matter because the truth is that the world needs believers to be set apart and different.
When believers compromise away their convictions and confessions to accommodate the world, they trade away the hope they offer through Christ, the only hope the world really has.
When you deconstruct your faith, you are trading away living water for broken cisterns that can hold no water at all. When Peter confessed to Jesus that He alone had the words of eternal life, he meant it. There is no where else to go.
Be different. Be willing to risk being hated just as much as Jesus was hated during His earthly ministry. For some it will mean public ridicule and scorn. For some it will mean loss of possessions and family and friends. For some, it will mean death just as much as it meant Jesus going to a crucifixion.
But it is worth it. Jesus endured all the agony for the joy set before Him of seeing all sorts of people transformed from despair to hope, from darkness to light, from death to life.
We have the ministry of reconciliation between people of every language and nationality and race and ethnicity. The hope of the world is the hope of the Gospel, that Jesus came to die for and to save sinners like me and you.
It’s not popular or politically correct, but it is still the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes. It’s John 3:16. It’s Ephesians 2:9-10. It’s 1 Peter 1:18-19. It’s the truth that no one is too lost or too bad or too late for God to redeem and make right and restore.