Odd One Out

      Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like to offend people. I hate being awkward or making anyone uncomfortable or upset with me. When people are angry with me, I feel physically ill. It’s bizarre… and it’s something I have to get over if I want God to use me.
     I believe something that society would label “narrow minded” or “old fashioned”- it’s called the Bible.

     God’s word is what I live by. That’s part of being a Christian! If I call myself a Christian, I had better be living like one, or else I need to reevaluate if I’m actually a Christian.
     Over the short period of time I’ve been alive, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t have any interest in what the Bible says. In fact, they resent a lot of it. And because of that, they resent the Christians who believe it and stand by it. Which means people are going to resent me. The more I stand up for what I believe, the more opposition I’ll receive.
     The world doesn’t mind Christians who keep quiet and believe a watered down or liberal Christianity. But as soon as you start living for God for real, you’re now bigoted and anti-progress. If you’re not for homosexuality, you automatically “hate gays”. Not true.
     The Bible speaks out against homosexuality and I do believe that the movement and lifestyle is wrong. But that doesn’t mean I hate anyone! I can’t take anything out of the Bible, I’m sorry. I believe God, not what America has decided is right and wrong. This makes me a prime target for hate. I go against the current of modern thought and that’s unacceptable. I’m the odd one out.
     The Bible speaks out against drinking, everyone knows that. And now that I’m 21, people are going to start asking me why I don’t drink. I’ll be the odd one out.
     The Bible speaks out against immodesty. Because I dress modestly, I don’t follow the crowd, therefore I am the odd one out.
     I could go on and on. I’ve probably already offended many. But the point is, God set His people apart to be in the world but not of it.
“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye TRANSFORMED…” (paraphrased Romans 12:2)
     We’re to be a peculiar people. Different from the status quo.
“And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, and that thou shouldst keep all his commandments;” Deuteronomy 26:18 KJV
“Who gavest himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people.” Titus 2:14 KJV
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1 Peter 2:9 KJV
     God called me to be different. Even if it makes me uncomfortable to go against my own culture. But God didn’t call me to hate anyone. God is love, but God is also a holy God who cannot ignore sin. Which means neither can I. I can love people without endorsing their sin.
     Sometimes I’m going to offend people. So are you. But we need to be braver and stand up for what we believe. We must pray for God to help us not to go along with what everyone else says is okay. We must also pray not to be jerks or holier than thou about it. We’ve all sinned, so who are we to judge anyone else?
     But just because I’m not in the business of judging people, doesn’t mean I’m going to sit back and watch America go to Hell. I’ts time to stand up.
“If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.”
     It’s time for christians to get some backbone and bravery to tell the truth in love. Not to hate. Not to be rude. The “in love” part is SO CRUCIAL. We are to love people and show them God’s love through our lives. You will either turn people to God or away from Him. There is no neutral ground.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Will you?
Seek Adventure!
Ashley Tackett
PS. If you have any questions about what I’ve said or what I believe, you can email me at seekadventure529@gmail.com
Love y’all!
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2 thoughts on “Odd One Out

  1. This is on point with what I’ve been dealing with lately. I just joined a young adult home Bible study, and I’ve loved going so far. But the leaders and some of the members say it’s okay to drink occasionally. Which isn’t true. The Bible states in Proverbs 31:6 “Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress.”

    Jesus came to give us abundant life, so we have no reason to drink.

    One of the leaders also let out a swear word during a game night. I really enjoy going to this young adult group. However, I am unsure if I should place these friends as spiritual mentors and spiritual piers in my life.

    That is what I’ve been contemplating on recently, and your blog post did a great job in giving me a well needed biblical understanding of the issue.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment John. It’s hard to decide who to continue to hang out with. I’d probably keep going, but stick to your convictions like you have been. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders.

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