Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you. Deuteronomy 6:14 NIV
I remember the theme song of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" well. There is a line in that song which says "Who are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood? They're the people that you meet, when you're walking down the street. They're the people that you meet each day." (Have I got you singing?)
Every day you meet people with different beliefs, different values from your own. It seems to me, as a conservative, Bible-believing Christian that I am more in a minority today than ever before in my lifetime. I live in the Bible belt of the South. We have churches on every corner, and yet if I decide to live my life as a committed, sold-out Christian, I am sometimes viewed as being different.
Different or not, I am going to set my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my faith. What about you? Does it bother you to be different? When the rest of the office is telling their dirty jokes, do you participate, or do they know to leave you out of such discussions? Are you seen as set apart?
Paul wrote that we are strangers, aliens in a foreign land. This world is not our home. We have been bought with a price and therefore, in view of God's mercy, we should want to give our lives over to Him, wholly and completely. The Christian life is about personal sacrifice. We give up our will for His.
Don't let the world drag you toward its other "gods"! Stay focused on the Cross of Christ until He comes to take you home! Live for Jesus today, even if it means being different!