I had to stop this evening and write this. It’s burning a hole in my soul like money used to do in my pocket when I was younger. I’ve had a long day that ended with shearing one of the rams. He was in bad need of shearing and I could not put it off any longer. Just like this article.
We continue to get two responses from people regarding our family. I don’t understand why there is no logic in figuring out that we live differently for a reason. Whenever new people meet us for the first time they notice that our children are not like other children. They make statements like “I can’t believe that she’s so mature”, “my child would not have responded like your child does” and “these girls are so different!”
Let me first tell you that these daughters are not perfect. They still have a long way to go to perfection. Let me also say that we are not prideful of their actions but blessed with the Grace of God and humbled that He has done so much in our un-worthy lives. But our obedience to Him has made a difference.
Just suppose that an insurance company finds a client that has driven for 50 years without a single accident. They decide that this man is worth studying to find out how he did it. After finding out his habits they begin to ask him questions that make no sense to the man.
The first agent asks “Why do you always keep both hands on the steering wheel? No one else on the road does that. Sir, you need to relax!” Another agent says, “I don’t understand why you never drive over the speed limit! Don’t you know that the police will allow you another 10 mph before you’d possibly get a ticket?” A third agent says, “ I really don’t understand why you wear your seatbelt. Why, you haven’t had a wreck your entire life!”
They seem to not be able to see the forest because all the trees are in the way!
You can see the foolishness of this little story. But it happens to us all the time. We get people that admire and respect our family. They say that we’re doing it right. We’re told that all the time. But the exact same people make statements like this: “Why don’t you allow your children to watch television? There’s nothing wrong with it!” –“Why aren’t your children allowed to wear more modern clothes and date? How do you think they will ever find husbands? “ And also “I could never do what you’re doing. I’ve got to be who I am. After all, God made me this way!!!”
Let me tell you this. Family’s today are in a sad state of affairs. Churches tell families to just come as you are. They are never challenged to live differently. They are never told that once you are born again, you change and you can no longer be yourself. If God wanted us to just be ourselves then why do we need Jesus? The problem is, we are led to believe that we can join a church, say a prayer of repentance and never do anything differently. After all, works doesn’t save us, they say. But James says that works and not just faith save us. That faith without works is dead.
My point is this; we live differently so that we can be different. We are not satisfied with the divorce rate- so we live differently. We refuse to risk our daughters ending up pregnant out of wedlock, so we don’t allow them to participate in an un-Christian and ungodly system called dating. We believe that our Lord wants us separated from the influences of the world so we do not have cablevision or satellite TV. We believe that the order of the home should be followed as scripture dictates so; I (after Christ) am the head of my household. My wife and daughters also wear headcoverings to indicate this.
The problem seems to be that many in the church follow their flesh because they see others doing it. They think it’s ok to listen to worldly music, watch immoral entertainment and participate in any thing that has a “Christian” label. We’ve been fooled into believing that there is such a thing as ”Christian” Rock music. Youth groups are going to wrestling matches, and senior adult classes are actually taking the church bus to Biloxi, Mississippi on a gambling trip once a month. Deacons and Pastors allow their children to come to church scantily dressed or even with tattoos and body piercing. And they said – “Well, at least they aren’t on drugs and they are IN church.”
My friend, we are to live differently than the world. Jesus said that we are a light to the world and a city on a hill. Have you ever thought that lights and cities are known by viewing them and not by talking to them? I mean, we keep being told, “It’s what’s inside that counts. You don’t have to look any differently.”
Let me finish this rather long article by saying that we don’t feel any more Godly by dressing plain. We are constantly humbled by the dress. Our flesh is constantly being put down. And we are glad. It is our desire that this flesh be crucified and that at some point it only function throught the spirit. But as long as it is given any leeway to do as it wants then it will not die.