"Why are we so different?" Those words seem to etch themselves into the very being of Christians, as they struggle to balance living in a world of sin and living a Christ-like life of holiness. Recently, I was again blessed to be able to see that question reiterated in a dramatic way.
We were watching the theatrical performance of "Noah", by Sight and Sound, and had watched as Noah and his family struggled to live out their faith in what has probably been one of the most godless times this world has known. After close friends had deserted them, the city had turned against them, and with practically the whole world mocking them, their faith in God was being tested to the utmost.
"Why Lord? Why? Can all this really be? Is everyone wrong and only these few right? I wonder sometimes..." Shem scratched the ears of the cow standing placidly beside him, "Oh Rhabel, I cannot believe what has happened today; oh, you are better off not knowing. It is so hard seeing those you love reject the truth. I am so tired Rhabel; sometimes I wish I had your strength. You are so strong and I am so weak. I don't think I can stand this pressure much longer. We're laughed at by everyone, no one takes us or that ark seriously. I just don't know why we have to be so different!"
"Because you are different. You're so different in your heart, my son. You're trust is in God, and not in man. Shem, take courage in the knowledge of our great God Jehovah and find your strength in Him, in all that you do." Words of wisdom, coming from a man who had born the ridicule of a people devoid of spirituality. As Noah faced the cruel outside world with only love and compassion, he set an example for us to follow today.
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Hebrews 11:7, KJV
We can be so different, because we know we are different. We are looking for a better land; this old world will never be our home, no matter how enticing it may look. Someday - very soon - Christ will come to take His faithful followers home; where everything will be so different.
That's where my aim is, what about you?