- You can let someone else think for you. It will be very easy to choose your music/movies/books. Just check out the top ten lists and you will be in.
- You will not have to exert yourself, swimming against the current and all that. No more feeling different. Your clothing options will skyrocket when you switch the criteria from “Is it decent?” to “Is it sexy?”.
- You can say and do whatever you feel like and chalk it up to free speech, the in-thing, whatever. Stop worrying about what other people think. If they don’t affirm your lifestyle, they don’t belong in your life.
- You can relax your parenting. Let the government decide what your children should learn. Give them unlimited screen time. Don’t be so concerned about their innocence. They will figure things out.
- You will now be accepted as normal by the general population. Did I mention that you will no longer have to think? Someone else will do that for you and you can just imitate them.
I was raised in a culture that was deeply suspicious of any other culture. Many decisions about the rightness/wrongness of things seemed to be made by knee-jerk reactions. If someone “kosher” said it’s okay, it was okay, but we were not taught the “why” of things. It was a very insulated way to live and did not necessarily give us good tools for being discerning outside of our world.
Why do we live the way we do? What actually matters? I don’t want to mindlessly follow a way that seems right to me just because it is normal to me. Sometimes I find it very tiresome, being different in my core values. I am not afraid to examine them, to see whether they are really truth. (I am speaking in first person here, but my husband and I do these examinings together. Just so you know. 🙂 )
A teacher from my youthful days told us, “When faced with a choice, the person who loves God usually has to take the harder route. The easier way is rarely the right way.”
I keep thinking about this. Is it true? Does God want us to make choices that way?
Tomorrow: Believe it or not, there is more… just one more post, I think.