I am extremely perplexed about why people who claim to be Christ-followers are so conformed to the society around them. I am not implying that Christians purposely seek to be “strange” or “weird” in their behavior. I am implying that Christians are more in-tune with the “fly by the seat of your pants” method of decision making than they are in-tune with the teachings of the Scriptures. Christians choose colleges based on, “how much money I can make”, choose husbands and wives based on, “how cute they are” or “how great they make me feel”. Christians also are choosing to use their time to do “what I enjoy most”, which has led to a decline in ministry involvement in local churches. Christians are choosing to use their money to “buy what I have always wanted. I cannot live without it.” which has led to a decline in tithing in local churches.
Christians have forgotten that they are not their own. If they truly have placed their trust for forgiveness of sins in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, they belong to Him. “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:20). “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom 14:7-8).
We have forgotten that we are not “masters of our own domain”, we are in fact, “servants of Christ”. Jesus is the boss, and His Word determines how we are supposed to live in a vibrant, loving relationship with Him. So we are to conform to Christ, not to society.