While I was going through my devotions this morning, I found this wonderful quote from the book I am going through right now called, The Beauty of Modesty, by David and Diane Vaughan.
Here is the quote (very encouraging this morning!)
"The allegiance we owe is not to a doctrine, but to a person, the God-man, our mediatorial king. We are bound to obey the bible in all our actions and relations as citizens as well as church-members, because it is the law he has promulgated as the rule of our action, and because he is our supreme Lord and Master. The foundation of his authority is not our election, but the fact that he is absolutely perfect and worthy of absolute trust and obedience, and that he has created us, continues to uphold us in being, supplies us with all that makes existence desirable, and that he redeemed us from the wrath of God by his blood. His authority therefore does not depend upon our faith or our profession. It binds the atheist and the debauchee as much as the believer or the saint. No man can plead immunity because he is an unbeliever. Nor can we who are believers be excused from the consistent ordering of our whole lives according to his revealed will because the majority of our fellow-citizens disagree with us. Let others do as they will; as for us and for our houses, we will serve the Lord."
-A.A Hodge, Evangelical Theology
OK, all of this is pretty wordy, but the part that was pricking was where he said, "We who are believers can't be excused from the consistent ordering of our lives according to his revealed will because the majority or our fellow-citizens (the world around us :) disagree. Let others do as they will; as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!"
I know that with me, I don't like to leave strangers wandering, 'whats up with her? Why on earth does she dress that way? Whoa! She's different!'
I don't like to stick out like a sore thumb all the time, so I sometimes will slightly compromise. Thats why this quote was so helpful to me this morning; I can't sacrifice (even a little bit!) some of my convictions just because they look weird to the rest of the world. As for me, I will serve the Lord.