The Folly of Fitting In

We are all unique in our own special way.

That was the theme at my daughter’s preschool graduation years ago, and it is true. Isn’t it?

There’s no two of us alike we say. But I am unsure of how successful we are at actually believing that statement.

We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to be like other people; trying to fit in.

Biologists, pyschologists and sociologists will tell us that as much as we are unique individuals, we are social beings, and we have that need to fit in, to belong and will do just about anything to fill that need.

But where does that leave us as Christians? 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) reminds us that we are to be “peculiar people”. Now there’s a word that’s like sandpaper on our skin.

Who wants to be peculiar?

Especially in today’s society, where being different makes you a target?

But the text doesn’t just end with that phrase. It goes on to say “chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (GNB)

So we’re to be peculiar for a purpose.

If there is no distinguishable difference between Christians and unbelievers, then what’s the point of being a Christian?

If we talk, dress and conduct ourselves as people who have had no encounter with Christ because we are so desperate to fit in, then it would be impossible to fulfill the mission of proclaiming “the wonderful acts of God”; after all, we wouldn’t want to be peculiar.

Well, we’ve all got a choice to make.

We can choose to fit in with everyone else, or we can stand out and stand up for God.

After all, we are expecting Him to stand up for us.

Jesus reminds us in Luke 9:26 (NLT), “Whoever is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory…”

We wouldn’t want that, now would we?

In closing, let me share with you that peculiar actually has two definitions.

1. Different to what is normal or expected; strange.

2. Particular; special.

The world might judge followers of Christ as being strange, but God considers us to be special.

Now we just need to decide whose opinion matters most to us.

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