“Then his father and his mother said unto him, ‘Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?’ And Samson said unto his father, ‘Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.” (Judg. 14:3).
Are we much different from the people we read about in the Bible? We have read their stories and have heard their stories preached numerous times. However, have we ever really stopped to think that their stories are our very own?
For example, how often do we go along just to get along? Can this be viewed as compromising our true position? Or is this the right path to peaceful existence with a society whose culture is always at odds with what we believe?
In addition to this, how can we remain in the world while not being a part of it? Can our interactions with the world taint our relationship with God? Or is it possible to relate to both without losing ourselves?
These are questions to ponder in our rapidly shifting society. God called us to live a life set apart from the belief systems of the world. Much like our Scriptural predecessors. For this reason, we must ask another question: Can we honestly say that the stressors and temptations within our society make life more difficult than in Biblical times?
I do not honestly believe that we can. We serve the same God of the Bible as did they. He does not change. God called us to absolute dependence upon His wisdom and power to assist us through life’s difficult moments.
If this is the case, then what makes us so different from them? Or are we different? They contended with culture wars much like we do today. This was inclusive of societal ostracization and oppression. We all can make a case for the demand for conformity we receive daily from the world. Much like the people from the Bible, some of us overcome our opposition. Others of us fail at times.
Therefore, the point of it all is that God desires for us to be different in order to provide a glimpse of what life was intended to be like. In other words, once the world sees that life with God is far better than it is without Him, perhaps they will want to be different too. In my humble opinion, this makes it all worth being different.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”