We are in a full court press for potty training as I type this blog.
We have pull-ups, a padded potty chair, a step stool to get to the stool (odd), M&Ms for successful “deposits”, princess prizes for totally dry pants days, and the complete loss of privacy for when my wife and I use the bathroom in public.
Yep, you read that last line correctly.
It really is harmless because we simply just get caught up in our own little world. A world where talking about puke, poop, pee-pee, and toots is common and seems completely normal.
It dawned on me the other day that to the outside world this isn’t necessarily normal.
In fact, it hit me as I as walking to the bathroom at Oberweis Ice Cream Shoppe the other night and I overheard my wife tell Aniston that “Daddy is going to go Pee Pee” loud enough that I could make out every word some 40 feet away. So unless the remainder of the customers just got off the ACME School for the Deaf bus they all heard it.
Let’s face it…we do weird stuff when we are parents, but to us it seem so normal.
Now, don’t kid yourself, people think what we do as Christians is weird too. Craig Groeschell wrote an entire book oddly enough called “WEIRD” about this exact thing. Our church will be doing a series on it soon, but I just think about the weird things we believe for a second.
- We believe that all that we have and are is because of God and not because of how hard we work or who we know. WEIRD
- We believe that sex should be saved for one man and one woman after marriage forever. WEIRD
- We believe that we should love and pray for our enemies. WEIRD
- We believe this life is not about us, but about serving other people. WEIRD
It can be downright hard to live the way Christ calls us to because, as Christians our new reality, after meeting Christ and letting Him radically overhauling us, becomes one of WERIDNESS not normalcy.
We become aliens in our own world.
Consider how the writer of Hebrews describes those listed in the “Hall of Faith” when held next to this world.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners (WEIRD) and strangers on earth.” – Hebrews 11:13 (emphasis mine)
Let me ask you something.
What changed when you became a Christian?
I mean how can someone tell that you are a follower of Jesus Christ?
A lot of people will say “Hey, that’s personal! I don’t need to go flaunting my faith like one of those street preachers to have faith in Christ.” and I would agree with you.
I also would say that, something has to change…something of your old self has to be different…something has to become weird in your life or I’d have to wonder if you really know Jesus.
Because what the world calls us to and what Jesus calls us to are like oil and water in most cases. You can’t truly be a follower of Christ and yet still be a follower of the world.
The truth is that a follower of Christ is weird and it shows in the way we live. As we follow Christ more, the world that used to seem so comfortable beings to give us hives. It starts to rub us the wrong way compared to what Jesus calls us to.
But what I find encouraging out of this passage in Hebrews is that this WEIRDNESS isn’t just reserved for the rockstars of the Christian faith.
All of us as Christians should be weird and we should encourage one another to keep being weird until we are face to face with Christ. Then we are no longer strangers in this world, but home…with all the other Weird people.
Uh, oh! Gotta go (get it?) J