Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV
Last week I wrote about the importance of Christian unity, a gift from the Holy Spirit that we need to protect. I had one person respond who wondered what about standing our ground? Isn’t there a time and place we need to stand for God? The short answer yes, but not as often as individuals tend to. We hear these words from Romans 12 that challenge us to not conform to the world we live in. It’s a clear reminder that we find in other places in scripture that as a follower of God we are to be different, we are to think, act, and live unlike others. This verse has quickly become a verse others use to justify being contrarian to almost issue, topic or item they choose.
We need to stand for our principles, and represent Christ in all that we do, I believe this fully. But, if you find yourself quoting this verse regularly as you take a stand from issues and people in your life, one of two things is likely true: you are in a tough spot or work environment, or you are taking stands unnecessarily. Try this test: are you always right when you take a stand? Are you always smarter than everyone else, have the inside track when they are clueless? If yes, then you might be wadding into the realm of pride. God takes time to call out the sin of pride specifically in scripture as serious enough for attention. God reminds us throughout scripture that we ought to approach one another with a great sense of humility because we are all broken people in need of a savior. We all make mistakes, and none of us know it all, no matter how much someone might try to convince you otherwise.