Growing up in the denomination I did…I was taught that we were called to be a ‘peculiar people’, set aside from everything of the world. We were told to be ‘in the world, not of the world’. The last point was taught to us as if it was part of the Holy Scripture.
I ran across this post at one of my favorite blogs “Deconstructed Christian“.
Heather writes the following;
- I’ve probably been reading far to much FSTDT, but I have been wondering about something lately.
With all the weird people around saying they’re being “persecuted for Christ” and living a completely separated lifestyle, it got me to thinking – how weird is too weird? As followers of Christ, are we called to be different in a way that makes us appear weird, strange, abnormal? Should we live our lives in a manner that causes us to be ridiculed and ostracised? Should we be enduring persecution because of the way we live? Is persecution really a marker of holiness?
I’ve thought about this especially in the light of John 17. That’s where the “in the world but not of the world” idea comes from. And no, that phrase is absolutely not in the Bible, no matter how many people have told you that Jesus said it.
Jesus says himself in this passage that he didn’t just drop us off in the world so we could await his return. He sent us TO the world. There is a huge difference. We are sent to love, sent to care, sent to share our hope, sent to complete the work Jesus began. If we put ourselves on a red carpet and cordon ourselves off from the world with a big, red, holy rope, we are no longer sent – we are separating. That doesn’t fit at all with what Jesus said. It seems the thing we should be abnormal in is our love – for God and people. The Golden Rule in a nutshell.
You just can’t love effectively from the other side of the rope.
Thanks Heather for your insight.
What are your thoughts?