I can't help but think about all the biblical "peculiars" who either believed or did really whacky things...and in the process changed the course of human history. Abraham believed Sarah would get pregnant. Joshua led an army of fully capable fighters to walk in circles instead. David danced in his underwear. Ezekiel laid on his side for long periods of time, in public, and made soup cooked over burning poop. The Apostles counted it a privilege to get beaten up on account of Jesus. What in the world?
Given the above, I must ask this serious question: Where have all the miracle believing, poop burning, side-laying, beat up, but still somehow manage to dance in their underwear and walk around in circles Jesus freaks gone? Why has everyone become so rational, even boring? What ever happened to good-old-fashioned crazy?
Here's what's happened: we've become institutionalized, domesticated. We pledge allegiance to, well, something other than Christ. We want people to like us. Oh, church of Jesus Christ, listen to Peter! "We must obey God rather than men!" (Acts 5:29).
I actually have a peculiar friend whose been arrested in malls for proclaiming the gospel, kicked out of cemeteries for trying to raise the dead, and thrown out of churches for anointing people with oil and praying for healing. And get this: the "world" (and the "church," too) has tried to heal my friend by putting him on Prozac (because he's obviously suffering from some chemical imbalance).
Frankly, the whole thing makes me sad...and even, dare I say it, angry. I'm tired of the world prescribing me (and my friends) its drug of choice: conformity. Are we not instructed, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world" (Rms 12:2)? Well, I say, let's not!
Here's what we need: radical Christ following, Jesus proclaiming, commandment observing, undomesticated freaks. Now, to be sure, we'll all express that radical commitment in different ways, but, whatever we do, let's not hide behind political correctness (e.g., "tolerance"). Remember, we're on the offense. Jesus said, "...I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" (Mt 16:18, 19).