Drawing the Line

Posted: 20 November, 2008 in Uncategorized

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2

conformity

This post ties in with my series of thoughts on protecting the Christian worldview quite nicely, because the Christian worldview is inherently different, and goes against the natural flow of the world. We are not to conform to the standards of the world, but to be transformed so that we will conform to the image of Christ – something which doesn’t come naturally.

In essence, you could say (along with many others) that we are called to ‘anti-conformity‘. To be different. What does this mean, and what does it not mean practically?

Well – in my opinion, it has a lot to do with motive. Being different for the sake of being different is just plain stupid! As someone else has said before, though somewhat cynically – “the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” Anti-conformity is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Anti-conformity should point people to Christ – and if you can keep that in mind, then you have a good motivation.

What anti-conformity is NOT:

Anti-conformity is not just taking the less popular route. To put it in plainer terms – anti-conformity is not done for the express purpose of being different. Think about it for a moment – that in itself is a type of conformity! What an irony – in a quest for anti-conformity, many people are actually conforming to another standard albeit less popular – the goth-teenage-punks are a case in point. In seeking to be different, they have become the same.

What anti-conformity IS:

Rational, calculated choices to live in a way which will be most glorifying to God.

Note that motivation is the deciding factor – start out with a motivation other than God’s glory, and you miss the point altogether. It just gives me goosebumps how life begins to fit together and the pieces start to slowly fall into place when God is the centre of your world. With an incorrect premise – your arguement, though valid, will lead to nonsensical conclusions.

This means that anti-conformity doesn’t always mean taking the road less traveled! Sometimes, doing the thing that everyone is doing is the most logical, God glorifying way! God gave us minds so that we would use them – doing the brainless thing just to be different is not glorifying God, because you are not showing forth His image. God is not irrational!

The “Is-There-A-Way-Of-Doing-This-Which-Would-Bring-More-Glory-To-God-Test”:

The name is long, but the concept is simple. Before deciding on each choice you are faced with, ask yourself what would bring God the most glory, and then make your choice based on that. If it means doing what is easy, then praise the Lord, and if it means doing the hard thing, then do it heartily, knowing that God will be made great by your obedience!

Don’t be mindless – as a first step towards anti-conformity, start thinking about why you believe what you believe, and why you do what you do instead of allowing yourself to be herded about “by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes,” like dumb cattle.

However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

1 Tim 1:16

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Comments
  1. caleb says:

    I love this post!

    “Being different for the sake of being different is just plain stupid!” I definately agree with that 😉

    “This means that anti-conformity doesn’t always mean taking the road less traveled! Sometimes, doing the thing that everyone is doing is the most logical, God glorifying way! God gave us minds so that we would use them – doing the brainless thing just to be different is not glorifying God, because you are not showing forth His image. God is not irrational!” In some ways this strikes me (pardon the pun) as a slap in the face to the rebelution 😉

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