Originally penned 9/4/12
The dictionary defines “normal” as “conforming to the usual standard, type, or custom.” But then we take a look at the definition of “conforming,” which is then defined as “behaving acceptably, following standard, or being, or making, similar.” Ergo, being or making similar to the usual standard, type or custom of what or whom? Hmmmmm….
God defines those of us who are His children as “a peculiar people, a royal priesthood.” That, in itself, goes against the dictionary’s definition of normal; peculiar being, in essence, the antithesis of normal, if not its direct antonym, and royalty setting the standard, not conforming to it.
So just remember, the next time someone tells you to “act normal,” ask them, “according to whose or what standard?” If they say, “according to the standard,” tell them, “if it’s not the Lord’s standard, no thanks, I rather like being on the Lord’s side.” If they say, “well, normal according to everyone else,” then remind them that “ ‘everyone else’ died in both the flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. Again, I like the Lord's side.”
Going against the grain is my “normal.” I’m your sandpaper, baby! ‘Nuf said…