Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:17
Have you ever seen a chameleon? If not in person, I’m sure you’ve seen one on a nature show, or definitely in pictures. Chameleon skin has a superficial layer which contains pigments, and under the layer are cells with guanine crystals. Chameleons change color by a change in the layer containing the guanine crystals. The change takes place in the wavelength of light being reflected off the crystals which, in turn, changes the color of the skin. It is amazing to witness how a chameleon is camouflaged in its surroundings as a result of that color change. Its ability to blend in makes it unnoticeable to potential predators, thereby causing it to live in relative peace as it goes about its day-to-day life.
How often that describes those who claim the name of Christ. Just a superficial layer of Christianity that they are more than willing to change anytime the political climate changes against Christianity or anytime the social issues of the day align themselves against the Word of God. God has designed the chameleon with this amazing ability to blend in, but by its very nature, Christianity is designed to be much different. We are supposed to actively pursue the goal of not blending in with society. Many Christians act like the world, talk like the world, and live like the world because they don’t want to be attacked by the world. They think that as long as they just don’t stick out then everything will be just fine. We are told in the Word of God to come out from the world and be separate. Our goal ought not to be to get through life as easily as possible, but to be as much like Christ as possible. Sometimes that makes us a target of the enemies’ attacks and makes life a little more difficult. We are told in the Bible that we are to be a peculiar people – not weird, but different! There ought to be something about Christians that makes the world want the Christ that we have. If our lifestyles are no different than theirs, if our music is no different than theirs, if our love of holiness is no different than theirs, then what incentive would the world ever have to want to become Christians? We have no choice but to live in the world since that is literally the only place you can survive, but as Christians, we are not to be of the world.
Sure, chameleons are cool – in nature – but not when it describes a Christian who is supposed to be representing Jesus Christ.
Read also: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Quote of the day: “Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange.” - Kevin DeYoung