1. Unusual or eccentric; odd.
2. Distinct from all others.
People my age would shudder as living this definition. But really think about it, in this day and age teens, even adults are desperate to be like everyone else. The joneses. The new normal now is to:
reject the advice and respect of parents/authority
Be tolerant of everyone and everything as long as its not”oppressive”
Be politically correct
Determine your own truth
Reject guidelines (aka everything goes)
Morals can come from within or what you “feel” to be right
Reject conservatism and faith
Denounce anything that can’t be scientifically proven (and even if there are facts supporting it, don’t believe it if it rubs ya the wrong way)
What I find ironic is that by doing all of the above some feel that they are “rebelling” and “breaking the mold”but what they don’t understand is that there is no mold left to break. In fact they’ve created a brand shiny new mold that is even more suffocating than the one before. What’s even more sad is that some believe the above and claim Christianity.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)”
There is a line between two extremes of Christianity that has become hair thin. You have the brow beaters that will damn you to hell if you’re a homosexual and advertise God to be only an out of reach judge, and don’t explore His love and protection, unfortunately this is the example of most christians in media. And then there are the “make-it-real” christians, who claim Christianity but have lowered God to a fuzzy teddy bear/ Santa Claus status that degrades Him and His glory just so that we can feel comfortable in our faults and can activate him at our conviniance. Summarized, we have christians who are so stark in there Christianity that they forget Jesus went among the people, but what the more lax christians need to understand is that though Jesus went among sinners he didn’t leave them that way. One is violently breaking away from the world and attack it when confronted, and the other try’s so hard to make Christianity attainable that they forget the message.
We see the symbolism of the churches spilt in Revolation represented in the two women mentioned. But that’s another subject. So here’s the question: Why not find a balance? I’m guilty of having moments where I’ve tilted a little to close to one of these examples but I want to be the kind Christian that believes in a God that promotes justice,truth and morals but also is loving, approachable and forgiving. Overall, by believing what I believe and acting in the way I do I’m going to be deemed weird, odd, not normal and (dare I say it?) peculiar it means that i’m living out my life as God asks and you no what? I take that as a compliment.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)