Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 339-Conformity

Day 339; as I look around my surrounding and into the external environment, I notice the conformation of the World as well as individuals.  I start to think about the meaning of conformation and the more I think about it the more interesting the thoughts become, at least to me.

Every aspect of this life shares an element of conforming, for example take a look at the road systems and the amount of cars that traffic on it and through it on any given day.  Some may disagree and say this is just an example of change and progress and I would have to say I agree; however, still anyone using the transportation system would have to conform to the rules of the road, there could not be a rogue driver doing what they wanted as they wanted in the middle of the interstate.  This would create insurmountable chaos and possible injury to others; thus, a cause and effect has resulted in conformation (The act of conforming or the state of being conformed).

This example is just one of many and the topic in and of itself could become a book, which is not my intent.  My intent is simply the topic of conforming and how it affects each and every one of us, as we walk through our daily lives.  Conforming is not always easily visible and for the most part starts out very subtle and before we are even aware, we have been transformed and conformed.

Therefore, if we were to really take a look into our internal world and examine our lifestyles, living habits, and the way we go through our day I have a strong instinct we would be very surprised at what conformist we have become without even knowing we had.

Is this a good thing?

Perhaps…

Is this a bad thing?

Probably to some degree…

The next level of evaluation should then be- How does this make me me feel and how does this define who I am as an individual and or how does God see the act of conformation?

The scripture reads,

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV, 2011)

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

This is not to say that conforming is ALWAYS bad, the scripture simply states “…renew your mind, “so not to just conform to what this world becomes; moreover, to what God wants us to become in this World.

Therefore, as the world progresses and changes on a daily bases and systems of conformation are set in place as a foundation for us to follow, do not just conform seek wisdom in change and within each season.  We are not to just be followers and or conformist instead we are to be unique individuals in Christ-

John 17:14-19 (NIV, 2011)

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”

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