Can I be a Christian Without Being Weird?

The title of a book I was given when I was in the eigth grade. Well, is it possible? I mean, being a Christ follower and not being weird?

Just a few weeks ago, I was at a local worship service and the speaker was going on and on about how Christians are weird and how we are supposed to be weird. I was immediatey drawn back to the time when I was given the book I just mentioned. I know for a fact, when I was in eigth grade, I DID NOT want to be weird. I had enough problems on my plate and being weird was something I had a dislike for. It kind of reminds me of the kid who brings his rock collection to summer camp. (Sorry if you’re that kid.)  Let me tell you, no one wants to be weird.

When I look at the life of Jesus, I can say maybe he was a bit crazy, but I don’t think he fell under the category of weird. He was excellent. Everything He did, he raised the standard. He said things like “turn to the other cheek” or “walk the second mile” or “give up your shirt too.” I see a trend here, he is raising the standard previously set by the law.

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Not one letter will be removed from the law. This post is not about the law but being excellent. I don’t think Christians are weird. Christians are not supposed to be. We are supposed to be excellent like Jesus.

Dear Middle School Students,

Loving Jesus does not make you weird. It makes you excellent. So strive to be excellent in eveything you do. You carry the banner of Christ with you wherever you go. Anything less then excellent reflects on our Savior. You’re not weird. Don’t let anyone tell you that. Excellent. (And leave your rock collections on the shelf when summer camp calls.)