The Trap Of Doing Things Like Everyone Else
Posted: Thursday, March 29
Verse of the Day:
Do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ (Deuteronomy 12:30)
When I was in middle school, I wanted to wear cool clothes. Clothes that didn’t necessarily reflect me, but were considered cool by all of my friends. When I tried to convince my parents to buy me those clothes, my Mom told me that 1.) Those clothes were ugly 2.) I shouldn’t dress like everyone else because as a Christian, I’m not like everyone else. Like a typical know it all teen, I thought my Mom was just being a prude. The next Wednesday in Youth Group, Pastor Mark McKinstry shared as part of his message how Christians are meant to be different from the world. He used the illustration of dice on the rear view mirror, and how that’s a typical cool/bad guy trope that we, as Christians, don’t need to emulate. Christ followers don’t need the stigma of the cool/bad guy because we’re made to be different. The combination of what my Mother and Youth Pastor said stuck with me, and I never did get those clothes or the dice on the mirror.
Ever since God chose people to have a relationship with Him, He’s so desperately wanted them to live differently than the rest of the world. The reading today from Deuteronomy of God warning the Israelites to live devoted to Him is so powerful! The Scriptures continue into verse 31 with it explaining why doing things the way the other nations do it is so wrong and hurtful. Scripture says, “You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.” You catch that form of worship at the end of the verse? Other nations worshipped their gods by burning their children as sacrifices.
Christians were always meant to be different. We’re meant to look different, act different, speak different, love different. Our world is a broken system and that’s why we need Jesus to reveal to us who God created us to be. You and I were never meant to live like everyone else lives. If we did, we would never be able to escape the pain, brokenness, or imprisoning choices that’s ordinary to this world. People who haven’t been rescued by Jesus demand that their actions be accepted by Christians, but Christians were always meant to see things differently. If you’re experiencing the discomfort of being different from other people as a Christian, then you’re doing it right. When we fall into doing things the way everyone else is doing them, then we fall into the traps of sin that only leads to death. Christ always leads to fulfilling life.