The Bible commands us to be different from the world around us:
It also tells us that we ARE different than the culture that surrounds us by principles of shared heritage with Jesus and our citizenship in heaven.
Furthermore, we are reminded that our difference (specifically our Love) is a sign of our Christianity to the unbeliever:
Recently I was blessed to see proof of God’s hand in my life as I try to live like Jesus and fulfill the great commission in the area of the world that God has called me to.
My wife and I have made friends with a couple of families that live in our building. Recently we had the opportunity to anonymously help one of them (a single mother) when she was short on her rent. We were blessed to be able to help her anyway, but I was especially blessed when I found out about a conversation that she had with her neighbor regarding her “miraculous” help.
He neighbor suggested that my family must have been the ones that paid her rent.
“Really?” she asked, “Do you think so?”
“Of course. I has to be them.” her neighbor responded, “who else would care that much?”
WOW!!!! “Who else would care that much?” What an amazing testament to the power of God’s love shining through us. It’s important to emphasize that it isn’t that our helping with the rent showed love (though it did), but rather that God’s love had shone through us to such a degree in other day to day actions and words that our neighbors just assumed that a more extravagant gesture of charity, (remember that the word for love in I Corinthians 13 is translated as charity in the King James Version) even though it was anonymous, must have come from us. That is God’s light shining through us into the world, returning to bless us even as it blesses others through us.