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The pursuit of normality
June 1, 2009
by Pastor Billy Wallace, Dassel Church of Christ

I think, for some people, the worst accusation you could make against them is that they are weird – maybe I’m one of them.

I don’t like to be called weird. I like to think that I’m a normal person. The real question is, who decides what normal is?

Well, when I think about it, I do. It seems that if someone is like you, they are normal. If they are not like you, they are weird.

City people think country folk are weird. Country folk think city people are weird. Democrats think Republicans are weird. Republicans think Democrats are weird. Older people think younger people are weird. Younger people think older people are weird.

Normal is really a subjective thing. It all depends on your perspective.

The issue with normality that I see is that our society has created this little box that all of us must fit into.

The kids at school feel it. If they don’t look or act a certain way, they will be laughed at or mocked because they aren’t “normal.”

Adults feel it, too. If they don’t drive certain vehicles, own a certain home, live in a certain neighborhood, or have a certain job, then they aren’t “normal.”

The Bible never calls Christians to be “normal.” Again, let me specifically say that I’m not talking about dress or hairstyle or what’s on the outside. I am talking about the heart – our attitudes, our priorities.

Romans 12:2 tells us this: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

In other words, when we give our lives to God, we agree to break the mold of the world.

When the world is greedy, we are generous.

When the world is negative, we are positive.

When the world is selfish, we are selfless.

When the world is proud, we are humble.

When the world thirsts for power, we serve.

It’s not about what our house looks like or what kind of car we are driving, it’s more about what’s going on in our heart.

Are we willing to break the mold of normality created by our society? Are we willing to follow Christ? Are we willing to swim upstream, even when the current is strong?

This does not mean that we create secret societies, or house churches, or communes, and run away from the “evil world.”

Jesus called us to be the light of the world. He actually prayed in John, chapter 17, that God would take not us out of the world, but that He would protect us from the Evil One.

Jesus also said that we are “in the world” but we are not “of the world.”

We live, eat, breathe, sleep, and work in this world, but we just don’t fit the mold. There’s something different about us.

Maybe this margin of difference shows the world that there is still some hope out there.

Maybe it shows the world that there are still people who care, there are still people who love, there are still people who believe in something good.

Maybe this world just needs a few “abnormal” people to show them the Way.