If anything, society and culture make it more and more difficult to embrace anything that God has to say. Maybe it is just me but being a Christian sometimes feels old, weird and out of place. I am not just talking about on the surface, Christianity or following Christ means that your thought process and that way you gain perspective on things change, sometimes there is a tendency to feel abnormal because you no longer see or process life the way society and culture would have you. I have had days where I question everything spiritual, question everything faith because the world has a way of providing overwhelming evidence to support its ideologies and lifestyle and one is tempted to start thinking maybe godliness is the problem, maybe it needs to catch up with the times, evolve, progress or whatever transformational word you want to use for it.
What God stands for and what the world wants are at polar opposites and will always be so we could move forward in either of two ways. To get rid of this feeling, we can attempt to merge the two worlds, blur the lines, not be so conservative in our thinking or streamlined, allow for some flexibility, put aside the part of the gospel that seems offensive to society and just focus on the part that makes everybody feel good. Yes let’s just take about loving our neighbors, showing compassion but what loving God demands, maybe we just not talk about it after all we are still walking in obedience somewhat, everybody agrees with love but the question is when Jesus gave that commandment, I am not sure if he meant for us to pick one over the other or just do the one that causes the least amount of controversy in society, or we could come to terms with this odd feeling and ensure we keep a clear demarcation and distinction between God and the world and be okay with whatever society will label us with, after all how do we claim we have the answer to life when what we are selling is no different from what is already in the market?
Does this mean, we become offensive, unaccommodating and intolerant people, judgmental and bigoted? No because there is nowhere in the gospel that God has commanded us to be this type of way, but what he has commanded us is to continue to stand out and represent his virtues so that there is a clear distinction between his children and those who are not in hope that at some point society will begin to see different and maybe some day turn around and start to seek the righteousness and holiness of God. We have to be comfortable in who we have become by identifying with the gospel of Jesus Christ even if it means enmity with the world and accepting that feeling of rejection from the world and loneliness.
So like Paul, we should be able to say that we are not ashamed of the gospel, we owe no apologies for what we believe because what we believe has the power to save souls and transform lives, it has the power to break addictions and release from any kind of captivity that mankind may be in. It’s the gospel, it’s the message that the damage that sin did to mankind has being corrected and there is now new opportunity to walk in line with God’s original purpose for man. It is the message that comes with power and grace over anyone who would dare to believe, you don’t have to change nationalities, you don’t even have to clean up the dysfunction that you are in, you just have to come to the gospel and accept it and watch its power turn your life around and make you a part of something that is much bigger than you. God is on the move, he is on a journey through this world and he wants you to be a part of it so do not be ashamed of calling his name and most importantly identifying with the name that saved you and brought you out of darkness into a light filled world full of hope and a guarantee of eternity.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “the righteous will live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17 NIV