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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Crazy's Still Crazy!

Do you remember the story about "Crazy", the goat?  If you don't know about her wild past and want to read about it, click here.
Well, "Crazy" is still....well.....CRAZY!  She's not changed a bit.  Just look at her!  In the field with many other nannies and baby goat kids, Crazy jumps up on the top of the shelter and sits there.  She segregates herself from the rest of the goat herd.  She's peculiar - most definitely.

As Christians, we're supposed to be peculiar. 

"Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works," Titus 2:14 (KJV)

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light," 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

But what does it mean to be peculiar?  Crazy the goat is peculiar in that she separates herself from the other goats, but she's also mean to the other goats.  She treats them bad.  She keeps them away from the food.  She doesn't get along with any of the rest of them.  Christians, on the other hand, are separated from the "world" (or should be) because of the way we stay away from sin.  We should be peculiar in the way we act because we act in love and not in hatefulness.  We should be peculiar because we strive to get along with people - not because we can't get along with others.  We are peculiar because we are Christians - children of God...striving to live our lives in the example of His Son, Jesus.

The apostle Paul explained this in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:

“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

What does Paul mean?  Should we partake in sin just to become like others?  No.  That's not what he means.  What he means is that we have to find common ground with others in order to "win" them for Christ.  If we act like Crazy and never have contact (in a positive way) with others around us, we will never be able to teach them about Jesus.  We will never help anyone become saved.

I don't know what will become of Crazy.  She's likely to live a long, lonely goat life (unless my husband decides to get rid of her first).  No one will go to her funeral.  She'll never have many friends.  And, if she were human, she'd never be a soul-winner for Jesus.  Let's not be like Crazy, m'kay?

2 comments:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

funny goat!

I was also thinking that there are people in our world like that, that we will never "figure out." Our job is not to judge them but continue to serve them lovingly.

Lori said...

Very true, Robin!

 
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