Blending In or Sticking Out?

by Isaac Cantrell


Why is it that some Christians today believe that they should try to do more blending in than sticking out?

In my recent study of the scripture I have noticed, as I’m sure many of you have, a large amount of verses that call us to be drastically different from the world. I have not come across one single verse that says anything about trying to blend in as best we can.The opposite is true.

The scriptures tell us in Matthew 5:13:

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?”

In other words, we are called to be a form of seasoning to this lost world. If the salt loses its savour (if we lose our distinctiveness from the world), how will the world see us as any different from itself, be convicted to change, or seek God when it doesn’t seem to change us any?

The Bible also says in the next verse (Matthew 5:14):

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”

We are called to be a light in the darkness. How much different is light than darkness? They are total opposites! We are to be the opposite of the worldliness of this world! Not to blend in and be buddy-buddy with it! We are not to participate in the so-called fads of our age if they are ungodly.  We are to stick out  like a “city that is set on a hill.” The Lord Jesus goes on to say in this Sermon on the Mount passage that we are to do the following:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

We should be so different from the world that they should notice. Not because we are purposely trying to be noticed, but because we are seeking to live a righteous life by God’s standards – and that, my brothers and sisters, will always look odd to the world.

Why should we do this? The verse tells us: so that the world may see how different we are and realize how great our creator God is. The Bible says they will “glorify your Father which is in heaven.” What is one way to change people? By living a righteous and godly life yourself. People will notice. They will wonder. They will ask questions. Be ready.

Why don’t you stop and ask God right now to give you the courage to go against the grain and be a real Christian. Ask Him to help you hate sin in your own life more. Ask Him to draw you nearer to Himself and to make you more like Christ. Then you will truly bring glory to His name.

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