I’ve been working my way slowly through Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian. The thesis of the book is simply this – Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don’t make a difference by being the same.
It’s a notable point simply because as Christians engaging the world around us, we can easily forget that we’re called to be different and distinct. That's understandable - after all, we want to be relatable as Christians. And truth be told, most of us prefer to comfortably “fit in” rather than “stand out”. Who wants to branded as the “religious” guy, especially at our place of work? If it's there's one place where the gospel is not welcomed today, it's in the corporate boardroom.
I was reminded of this challenge when I read Matthew 5:13-16 this week –
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
The challenge: to authentically love and relate to our co-workers and neighbors while being uncompromisingly distinctive as Christians. We’re called to be distinctive in our ethics, our conduct, our motivations and our passions.
What does this look like for you everyday?