Thursday, October 21, 2010

Why Can't You Just Be NORMAL???

Has anyone ever asked you that question? If you care at all about raising your children to walk with God, chances are, you have.

I will admit that I often feel like the lemming at the edge of the cliff, who, after seeing the fate that awaits him if he follows the crowd, turns around, flails his arms, and screams,

"Hey, guys! Could we stop and think this over for a minute???"

...only to have his annoyed brethren push passed him, wondering why he's obstructing traffic!

Yes, friends, we have a problem, and it is not one that being more normal will fix.

"The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them, for they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14

Our natural (dare I say, "normal"?) way, is our way, not God's way. In fact, business as usual for us is to consider God's way foolish.

"As it is written: 
'None is righteous, no not one; 
no one understands, no one seeks after God. 
All have turned aside,  together they have become worthless; 
no one does good, not even one.'"
Romans 3:10-12

Did you catch that, folks? We have all together become worthless. Psalm 14:3, one of the passages that Paul is echoing here in Romans 3, reads, "together they have become corrupt." This is all of us. This is our normal state of affairs. Not godliness, not righteousness...but sin.

"And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind, to do what ought not to be done...Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
Romans 1:28, 32

Misery loves company. Sin loves it even more. If we're following the crowd, doing things simply because other's are doing them or because the world around us approves, we are probably sinning.

Leo the Lop taught us that "normal is whatever you are". A more accurate statement would be that man has infinite tolerance for virtually every form of deviancy (take a look at that list in verses 29-31), while having almost no patience for God's perfect standard of holiness.

Now, I'm not advocating strange for the sake of strange, but normal for the sake of normal is equally foolish. When we place a higher value on being normal than we do on being obedient to God, we do so at our own peril.

When it comes to the education and discipleship of our children, we do so at the risk of their very souls.

Just something to think about, next time you're asked why you can't "just be normal".


Michelle said...

Great post.

I was once compared to a lemming in college when I left for Spring Break... oh how I wished I would have listened to the wise people God placed in my life back then...what I wouldn't give to NOT be normal then! But...that's what makes grace so much more beautiful to me!

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