Have you ever thought that maybe the quota for peculiar people on earth is over the top? Peculiar is the new normal, right? As a Christian, it seems as if the greatest majority exists within the Christian community. Why would this be?
1. Maybe they take this verse literally in the strictest sense? “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14 KJV). This speaks of Jesus redeeming us from sin and purifying us to make us “peculiar people”. Does this mean that you walk around boycotting fun, preaching against Reebok tennis shoes, or putting moth balls in your gas tank for higher octane? Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines it this way: “a people for God’s own possession; a special possession or property.” Note that it means special…a prized possession or people. You are valuable in Christ, not strange!
2. Maybe it’s because of the great number of self-proclaimed Christians who act the part in front of people they try to impress while living something totally different in real life (aka hypocrites)? The world is looking for decent people who exemplify the Lord Jesus and live this great life He gives while phonies give Christianity a bad name.
I know some of you are saying that we shouldn’t focus on the hypocrites. You are correct, but someone needs this reminder. Plenty of believers get disillusioned with the fakes. The bottom line is this – live a life that people want! Show the world that you can live for Jesus and still have fun. Let them know that Jesus is for something and not against everything! Then the world just might understand that giving your life to Christ shows that you are a valued possession, not a weirdo.