Christianity 201

March 2, 2013

Called to be Misfits

Today we’re featuring another member of Faithful Bloggers (see icon in the side margin) this one is Devotions 4 Real Life.  I chose this particular item… well you can guess the reason; it’s called Being a Misfit.

Recently there has been some talk about  “misfit ministers”.  Rather than being offended, I was actually proud to be counted as a misfit because The One we follow, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was himself a misfit…..

To understand this we first need to look at the dictionary definition of a misfit:


 A person whose behavior or attitude sets them apart from others.

That pretty much sums it up, and using this definition, then all Christians are called to be misfits…..

Romans 12:2

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There you have it, right from the Bible. We are called to not be conformed to the world, to not fit in.

Nowadays,  a lot of denominations and churches use this scripture to preach against various things. It has been used on me more times than I can count because I like Christian rock music….. The Preachers would use the first 7 words in this passage to justify their belief that Christian rock bands were “conforming” to the world because they used electric guitars and drums, they used stage fog in their live shows, and on and on… Like most denominations/churches/preachers who attempt to use the Bible to justify their dislike or in some cases, outright hatred of people who worship The Lord in a way that is different than their interpretation of the Bible or even worse, goes against their “sacred” traditions,  they use it out of context, and they conveniently ignore the other part:

but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God..

The key to this verse is actually in the last portion referenced above. Being transformed by the renewing of your mind. And how do you renew your mind? By prayer and by reading The Bible.  No traditions are going to renew your mind. No amount of following a man made Doctrine is going to renew your mind. You have to seek The Lord in order to do this…..

In fact, many times following so called sacred traditions is the very thing that makes you conform to the World.

The world as used in this verse can mean not only the secular world, but also the religious traditions that have been handed down and practiced by people for no other reason than the fact that it has always been done that way. When you practice so called “religious rituals”  in this manner, and believe that these rituals can make you right with The Lord no matter what the state of your heart is towards The Lord, they lose any Spiritual nature that they may have had,  and become nothing more than a vain tradition that you do to be seen by other people and thus become worldly……………..

Matthew 15:9

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Jesus came into the world and did not conform. He upset the religious authorities of the day by doing and teaching things that went against their traditions. He also did things that went against their laws. He healed on the Sabbath, He touched people (lepers for example) that were considered unclean, He ate with those the religious authorities hated. The sinners flocked to hear His message and the Pharisees didn’t like that at all…..

Luke 15:1-2
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them

In short, this made Jesus a misfit in the eyes of those who considered themselves the “religious authorities” and self proclaimed “Holy men”  of the day…… because he purposely set himself apart from them and their exclusionary teachings. .

My friends I want to challenge you today to break away from these vain traditions and follow the word of The Lord. Get out from behind those stained glass windows and out into the streets. Be a misfit and set yourself apart. Go out and preach the Good News of the Gospel to all people, not just those who look like you, act like you, or believe like you.

Be a misfit Minister, because you will be in VERY good company…..

1 Corinthians 9:20-22

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.