"Weird" deals with the idea that as Christians, we should be looked at as weird, not necessarily normal. Who defines "normal" and "status quo?" Plain and simple: the world does . . . the media does . . . magazines do . . . Hollywood does. It is the normal thing to do to be like everyone else, act like everyone else, wear what everyone else wears, talk like everyone else talks, and do what everyone else does. It's normal. Think about the normal family. What do you think of? Chances are you think husband and wife, both working jobs to the bone, two kids maybe more who are involved in soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, cheer leading, swim team, and the opposite sex. The normal family is trying to swim through debt. The normal family seems to always need a bigger . . . . well everything. It's just normal. It's normal to buy one thing and then plan on the next big thing. It's normal to put everything on credit cards. it's even become normal to be a "Christian" and be part of a church. Most Americans in a recent survey by Barna Research Group claim to be Christian. When asked where they went to church, a surprising amount said they weren't committed anywhere in particular. It's juts normal to be Christian if you're an American.
But normal is killing us. Peter writes that we are a royal priesthood of believers, made to be peculiar people. But don't we spend most of our lives trying to be anything but peculiar? We don't want to be too spiritual, but we don't want to be not spiritual enough. We want more time for ourselves, but we need more money for other things so we work another job or take a promotion that will take away the time we already do have for ourselves. We change our church going routines because it's the new thing to do. Really, it's just the new normal and we'd rather die than be weird sometimes. Amazing stakes are taken many times to justify different ways of living, viewpoints, and actions that the Bible clearly condemns (homosexuality, pornography, drinking, smoking, church attendance, gossip, and submission to name a few). We seek to justify them because it's easier to "love" everyone (and we should) and not offend everyone (the Bible is an offense to those who don't believe . . . not my words but God's) and accept cultural dictations and overtones than to be weird and stand up against them.
The book calls for the church to focus more on being weird. Just because everyone else is doing it, singing it, preaching it, acting it, talking it, and being it doesn't mean you and I should. We're called to be weird . . . weird for Christ. Don't confuse that with super spiritual or legalistic or the truth police. Weird for Christ is living a life that is abundant with who He is and what His mission was and still is.
isn't it time we got a little weird in our thinking. Isn't it time to inject some weirdness into our Christianity. Normal says don't share your faith because people will look at your weird . . . EXACTLY! Normal says don't worship with your hands raised or through clapping or singing loudly. People will look at your weird . . . EXACTLY! Normal says not to go down to an altar or stand for what's right. People will think you're weird . . . EXACTLY! Dare to join me in becoming weird . . .