You are in Good Company

One who is unable to adjust to one’s environment or circumstances or is considered to be disturbingly different from others.

This is the definition of a misfit.

In current society, this term can include an incredibly broad spectrum of people. A very clean-cut, suited man would be considered a misfit if he walked into a bar during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. A librarian may feel like a misfit if she were asked to moderate a wrestling match. Likewise, there are many people who feel like misfits in many walks of life on a daily basis. There are also Christians that may take you by surprise.

One thing that is becoming more and more common, is the amount of people who feel they are misfits when it comes to “fitting in” the current church culture of our society.

Brennan Manning states, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Upon looking at the state that the church has found itself, one may even decide to give up on the church or even Christianity altogether. Has faith in God become so diluted by piety or tradition that it is slowly phasing out? Does some tradition have a rightful place in the believer’s life? Is there hope?

Amid the questions and fear, there is a glimmer of light. A spark is shining out of the dim remains of a believing people. Suddenly, it seems that in a place that was once reserved for the tie-wearing, family Bible carrying, cooking-cutter-clone church member (who uses words like “thy” and adds “eth” to the ends of every other word in prayers), there is a new kind of believer. With a passion for Christ and a theology that is a solid as ever, he/she rises to the pitcher’s mound of life and casts their heart into the world without fear or hesitation. But herein lies the difference…

He/she doesn’t look the part.

This person may be you. He may be me. A different kind of Christian that allows his life to preach a sermon rather than the amount of hair spray or girdles to keep the “strangeness” under control. It is this kind of life that this blog will celebrate.

Andy Stoddard said, “You have a voice that is louder than your mouth. You have your life.”

People who seem so ordinary on the surface, pastors that stand for truth no matter the cost, musicians who have traded the prospect of popularity for integrity, the one who understands that a relationship with God is victorious over the habit of religion, churches that pursue the great commission rather than a sad omission of those that don’t fit the mold… the ones who don’t worry about being an alien in a lost world, this is the ones we will try to learn from in this forum.

To be quite honest, the Bible is full of misfits.

*Adam – the original misfit… and outcast from his own home (Gen. 3:23)

*Noah – a man laughed at by the whole of society

*Joseph – a man sold by his own family into slavery

*Moses – a stuttering leader who was supposed to have been executed as an infant

*The entire nation of Israel – ran for their lives through the parted Red Sea and still struggle for existence to this very day

*David – evaded capture and a certain death on a number of occasions

*The prophets – were always uprooted when God placed His high calling on their lives

*The disciples – each giving their lives for what they believed

*The early church – persecuted and killed

***Even Jesus – was executed because no one knew what to do with this man who could perform miracles and called himself the Son of God.

Armed with this knowledge, the misfit is in good company!

So herein lies the main point. If you feel like you are different from those who seem to have it all together, then that could be a good thing. Take courage in the fact that: “It is written, ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither can the mind fathom, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10

And stay strong in Him, friend, because the day is coming when you won’t be the misfit in this sinful world any longer.

You will be in paradise.

Truth wins

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~ by Scott Herrin on April 18, 2011.

One Response to “You are in Good Company”

  1. Good stuff!

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