“Do not be conformed to this world….” Romans 12:1
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:14-15
No, you are not crazy. Sometimes it can feel like you might be because so much of what is happening around you is the exact opposite of what should be. Foundational truths are now in question. Everything is open for discussion and never for the better but for the purpose of rearranging according to individual preferences. Loyalty to self above all else is the rule of the day. It is natural, when everyone seems to be going the opposite direction, to wonder if you missed something. The temptation to turn around and go along with everyone else is real. To go against the tide requires strength, and if we are honest, we sometimes get tired of being the strong one, the lone voice of correction.
Too much is at stake, though, My Friend. Someone out there needs to hear your lone voice, to know that they have the option to do what is right instead of what is natural or comfortable. Not everyone will turn a deaf ear. Someone out there has followed the throng and already discovered its promises are empty. Imagine the hopelessness they face without your voice of hope and a better way, the only way. The throng is wrong and as long as you have a voice, you must use it to speak the truth and take all that comes along with it. Jesus said that taking up His cross would mean a target on your back. Opposition is part of the life He has called you and I to live. The enemy of our souls rolls out a carpet that curves and bends but underneath are spikes and hidden pits destined to destroy its travelers. The road Christ offers is straight, though not smooth, but leads to joy and abundant joy at that. It is not your job or mine to change anybody, to force anyone to do what they do not want to do. Your calling and mine is to present the truth and remain faithful to it so that any who desire it know where to find it. Period.
Resist the lure of conformity, My Friend, and its tantalizing call to blend in and fit in. When everyone else is wanting the crooked, you and I must constantly offer the straight. Leave it to Christ to refute the lies that straight equals boring and unfulfilling. The life of peace and joy that you and I enjoy is all the advertising the straight life needs. Those with eyes to see it will see and believe.
In the middle of a crooked and perverse generation, you and I must keep our message and mindset straight.