Why is it that so many Christians think we are to be just like the world and socially acceptable to the world? …and that if we come across as weird or strange, then something is wrong with us and we need to straighten up our act! Really? If a person is truly born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, following Jesus Christ as dead to the world and to themselves, and living for their Savior to propagate the message of the Gospel, seeing the lame made whole and the sick healed, having regular prayer (conversation) with the very God of the universe (the One who created everything around us!)…don’t you think they just might seem a bit weird to to rest of the world around them?
We see a similar circumstance as recorded in the Word of God. Many people walked away from Jesus when He began speaking about eating His flesh and drinking His blood (as recorded in John chapter 6). Now that’s definitely weird in the light of what is considered normal but, He spoke that way because He wasn’t from this world, as also are we not from this world, once we have been filled with the Holy Spirit and born again from above. We become a new creature entirely (2 Cor 5:17)!! A new being on this Earth! The book of 1 Peter state more than once that we are ‘strangers on this Earth). The book of Hebrews also reiterates that we are ‘strangers in a foreign country’. and that we are ‘looking for a country of our own’ who architect and builder is God. We are different. We may seem strange to those around us. This is of course is not a license to be weird just for weird’s sake but for all intents and purposes, we will probably seem a bit weird to those who do not know Christ nor have have ever spoken the God Himself. Let’s let our light shine, however weird it may seem to the world around us, and let’s let the Holy Spirit do the convicting on the inside of those to whom we may appear weird. We are called to be messengers…with our eyes set a gaze above as our feet walk out His plan down here below.
13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:13-16)