Heather Thompson Books

“Dare to be different;” We hear that a lot in American society – even fall prey to its charms. We believe that if we’re unique and different then we are special. However, this entire concept is predicated on the belief that if OTHERS see us as unique then, and only then, we are special. Yet, we don’t seem to care how God sees us.

As Christians, we must be aware of the difference between being of the world and in the world. So many God-fearing believers get trapped in societal rituals or norms while making excuses like “this is just how it’s done” without stopping to consider if this is how God wants it done.

It’s far too easy to be caught up in the world’s standard of “individuality” when we are looking at the world every single day. We consume online content, television shows and news that does not and will not glorify God and then wonder how our society has traveled so far in the wrong direction. Christians start to believe that we must participate in cultural rituals like “dare to be different” or, my personal favorite, “follow your heart” to fit in.

I’ll be honest; nothing irritates me more than adults telling young people to follow their heart because in Jeremiah 17:9 the Bible says your “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” In the west, the seat of our emotions is the heart. So, when we talk about “follow your heart” we are saying follow your emotions no matter where they lead.

Well quite frankly that’s stupid.

If the Bible tells us that our hearts are liars, then we can bet pretty strongly that a society that says to follow it is not of God.

Every day that we come into agreement with a fallen society and its rituals, whether it’s “follow your heart”, calling everything racist, or allowing ourselves to be manipulated by the media we are stepping further and further from Kingdom society.

In Kingdom society, we are told that men and women are equal (Galatians 3:28), that your heart is a liar, that God knew us before we were formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), that God resists the proud (Proverbs 15:25; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5) and many other things that would elevate us out of our culture and into the realm of the spirit.

We are not called to immerse ourselves into American, or any other society and culture; we are called to stand out from it and be a beacon of light in a dark place. That, my friends, is the ultimate individuality.

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