Do the Right Thing Be Different
I recently saw two signs within a few feet of one another “Do The Right Thing, It’s The Right Thing To Do” and “It’s OK to be Different.”
They were interesting signs. Their placement was in a vicinity where many children congregate on any given day. I happened to be in this ‘place’ with my children. It was interesting standing there, reading the signs and watching my older two read them. They looked at me, smiled and I knew there would be a conversation about the signs. They knew to wait to ask the questions burning in their hearts and minds.
I could see they were thinking about these signs in a way that many do not. They were considering them through the lens of the Bible and through the emotions of children who have experienced ‘doing the right thing’ while ‘being different.’
When the time was right and we were alone, my children asked me about the signs.
“Mommy, don’t people already know they should do the right thing and aren’t we all different, but the same?” the words poured from them and I prayed.
I prayed because who determines what is right? For many years, our Nation created laws and ran the government based on the law of God. It’s simple to see that is the case. The 10 Commandments provided much structure of our Legislation and founding documents. If you sit back and take an honest look at American history, it’s easy to see that our nation was influenced by the Creator of the World – God and the Bible. Yet, many today, would argue that point and say that it is old and out of date. As our nation continues to leave God out of the equation, more and more are turning away from God and even religion.
Who determines what is right?
And then, take that a step farther. Who determines what is different and what does that mean? Well, the meaning of the sign was obvious. It was telling children it was ok to be homosexual, have a different skin color, different beliefs, etc. It was a sign that truly seemed to encourage being different.
But, wait, we live in a society that says you must fit in and not say or do anything that is different or contrary to popular opinion.
Or is that only for Christians now?
It is Really Ok to be different?
These questions have been burning in my heart, too. And the reason we are at such odds in our nation, I believe (in my humble mind) that the answer to that question is also the answer to the questions above.
If you really want to know who determines what is right and how we should be living our lives, read the Bible. The problem is that parents are not teaching the Bible to their children. Most parents today do not even know the books in the Bible and can’t truly and accurately answer what a Christian is.
Christians are Perfect
Sadly, that is due to misconceptions of perfectionism that has swept through the hearts of many. Christians believe that once they accept Christ as their savior, they are perfect and should lead perfect lives. Hahaha, that’s a lie. No one is perfect. Only Jesus was perfect. We, Christians are NOT perfect and not one can hold a banner and say they are.
Our banner should be love, but all too often it becomes one of criticism, as we try to find Jesus and His word in a world that is cold and dark. We find hatred and hurtful words when we try and share that Jesus is the only way to the Father. (those are God’s words, by the way….not mine)
God has provided every single person a foundation upon which to build their lives. It guides you through every aspect of life. But, it’s not a popular way to live, because it requires dying to yourself. It requires living for God.
Our society today, wants to die for no one and to live – means to go for the gusto, to gain as many riches as possible. I can share this with you, friend…those riches you’re driving yourself mad to gain, they can not go with you and can not last throughout eternity.
“RIGHT” can be found in the Bible
And then, there’s the second part of the sign – It’s Ok to be different. Yes, it is. And I wonder, how different would this world be if we made our canon the Bible again? If every family began a day with a devotion, praise and worship to the God who loved them so much he sent His son to die on a cross.
Everyone knows the verse now – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
It’s a great verse, but you can’t plant your salvation on that alone. There are other verses that take it deeper, richer and explain, you have to have a relationship with him. Think of your dearest friend or family member. Think about that relationship and what it took to build it and carefully consider, are you building that same kind of relationship with Christ.
Dear friends, our world is facing some changes. Many think they are for the better of mankind. I would argue that as we continue to tout being different, by evolving into creatures who no longer consider children as blessings, but breeding and creating inconveniences to ourselves and our world.
So, in the end, if you really want to do the right thing and be different, read the Bible and have children. both will wreck your world, turn them upside down. You won’t be perfect, but you will be different.
And I’ll let you in on a secret. When you give your heart to Christ, while you won’t be perfect, you will be forgiven.
That’s the difference in Christianity and other ‘religions.’ We are forgiven. We don’t have to work for it. It’s given. Should our lives change and be different? Yes – as we grow through His word, we will change. We will still sin and we will still fall short.
But, Christians are called to be different. For those who read this, my heart is not to condemn, but to speak out to my brothers and sisters who are Christians. We are not doing what we have been called to do. Yes, love others and through that love, share God’s truth in a loving and respectful way. We are called to share the gospel, not condemn/convict. Only God can see the heart – that’s his part – to change the heart through His word. Don’t get caught up in doing more than you are called to do. You, my friend are not capable of that. You are not God.
How are you different?
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