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?
PS. If you have any questions about what I’ve said or what I believe, you can email me at email@example.com