4 responses to Thoughts on non-conformity
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    Comment on Thoughts on non-conformity (January 2nd, 2009 at 12:28)

    To be honest, I think both schools of thought are a bit off. The more common thought of focusing on being transformed should probably look to the part about not conforming to the world. And the focus of not conforming should probably look more to the part about being transformed.

    As Christians, we are “in the world and not of it.” We’re foreigners in a strange land. But that’s not how it seems. I think we (as Christians) do try to be like the world too much. We’re afraid of what people think and all that. The truth is, if we are being transformed, we WILL look different…at least in this day and age (modest apparel). We’ll sound different, and most importantly, act different.

    There is a lacking of balance. Neither one side is right. Both need to be put into practice.

    Also, Jesus did command us to “Go and make disciples…” that is hard to do if we live a segregated life. The analogy of a life living in the will of God vs. not is the Dead Sea. It has no out-flow and it is dead. While the Sea of Galilee just north of it, does have an outflow and is full of life. We are not to become stagnant by holding the Gospel (Good news!!) to ourselves.

    Ok, stepping off my soap box. 😀

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    Comment on Thoughts on non-conformity (January 3rd, 2009 at 09:26)

    There are two ways to be non-conformed:
    One is look at society around you and transform your actions so that you look different.
    The other is to look to Christ and allow Him to transform your heart to His likeness. And since He has such distinct values from society at large, your life will be distinct across the board.
    The first will produce outward non-conformity, the latter both inward and outward.
    Ok, I step off the soap-box also.
    Mike

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    Comment on Thoughts on non-conformity (January 3rd, 2009 at 09:27)

    Oh, I should add that among the Plain people, there are both kinds.
    :-)

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    Comment on Thoughts on non-conformity (January 6th, 2009 at 10:10)

    I was going to post my thoughts on this, but both of the above posters covered it! :o)

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