Summary: Are you following an Alternative Lifestyle? The term Alternative lifestyle covers a pretty diverse range of living, as Christian's we have been called to follow an alternative lifestyle, an alternative path, the narrow way.
We continue in our series on Dynamic Disciples and this month we are focussing on being called into the family of God.
Our focus for this evening is God’s Alternative Society.
The question as always to begin is: Are you following an Alternative Lifestyle?
The term Alternative lifestyle covers a pretty diverse range of living.
Wikipedia defines An alternative lifestyle like this:
An alternative lifestyle is a lifestyle diverse in respect to mainstream ones, or generally perceived to be outside the cultural norm.
It then lists some of them in no particular order:
Nudism and clothing optional lifestyles, living in unusual communities, communes, intentional communities or eco-villages, lifestyle travellers, home births, home schooling, home gardening, New Age travellers, vegetarians, vegans, meditation, hypnosis, spiritualists, feng shui, non-typical sexual lifestyles, BDSM, Swinging, fetishes, same-sex relationships. Alternative spiritual practices, Alternative medicine, herbal remedies as medication. Eastern religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism etc.or “Non-mainstream” religious minorities, such as the Amish who pursue an anti-technology lifestyle.
Where am I going with this?
We live in a Post-Modern world - and most of those alternative lifestyles are now accepted as normal mainstream lifestyles.
About.com defines Alternative Lifestyle in 3 ways:
1. A method of living one’s life that is contrary to social norms.
2. Unconventional participation within society.
3. A philosophy or way of thinking that differs from mainstream culture or society e.g. Monotheism or Abrahamic belief systems.
Abrahamic belief systems - that would include Jews, Muslims and Christians. Now you might be thinking, somehow things have been turned around and upside down. Wrong has become right, a lie has become the truth. How can being a Christian be considered an Alternative Lifestyle - outside the cultural norm?
Friends, God has always expected His people to live outside of what the world says is the cultural norm.
We have been called to live according to God’s plan and purpose, we have been chosen, set apart, forgiven and saved to live for Christ.
God calls us to live an alternative lifestyle that challenges the moral, political, economic and social structures of the world around us.
We have been called to proclaim the truth of the Gospel to a broken and sin-sick world. We are to be salt and light.
We have been called to be dynamic disciples of Christ, who live, speak and act in a way that brings honour and glory to God.
We have been called to follow an alternative lifestyle, an alternative path, the narrow way:
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus spoke these words:
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
Sobering words, ignore God, reject Jesus as Saviour, follow the broad ways of the world to hell or obey God, accept Jesus as Saviour and be assured of salvation and a place in Heaven.