Sunday, May 23, 2010
I was thinking, about this thing of conformity... It's like a contagious disease. Someone starts a movement, and before you know it, everyone acts and looks the same. Same hair cuts, same jeans, same brands, same words, same music, sameness... It's so stifling. I don't think I realized how much I had given into conformity during my school years until I went to college. Conformity completely limits creativity, growth, and new thoughts. It also blocks opposing opinions, upholding one viewpoint (which is not necessarily the correct one). Life is much more interesting as a non-conformist. Dare to dig deeper and seek answers. Dare to wear crazy shoes. And dare to care about those around you who have not been freed by the Truth, and therefore, have not discovered their real identity. As Christians, we should not conform to the standards of this world. Our words should be edifying, our actions God-glorifying, and our appearance showing respect of self and respect for others. People think religion is stifling and based too much on tradition, and it is! Christianity is not a religion, thankfully. And Jesus Christ was the ultimate non-conformist. So, if you're sitting around thinking "man, I want to be part of a counter-culture movement" then really live your Christian life! As a result, you will be kind to those who are never acknowledged, you will embrace purity, you will hold your tongue, you will serve when you'd rather be served, and you will love even when you are not being loved in return. Very counter-cultural indeed. So, go be a non-conformist, not just in your hobbies and attire, but in your actions!