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I’m looking for girls who don’t fit in. If you stick out like a sore thumb, regularly feel like the oddball, consider yourself a freak, a geek, or a misfit, I’m looking for you. Maybe you’ll understand why after taking a look at this list of some of my favorite weirdos.
Anna the Exclaimer
Anna’s life started out following the same script as everyone else’s, but soon enough she was dancing to the beat of a different drum. Widowed just seven years into her marriage, Anna decided to live her life differently than most and moved into the temple. There she prayed night and day for decades.
She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day (Luke 2:37).
Part of being a true follower is being willing to be weird and to go against the flow of what others say is ‘normal.’
Talk about weird! Anna didn’t spend her time doing the usual stuff that everyone else does. She spent all of her time worshiping and praying. I’m sure she was ridiculed. I’m confident people talked behind her back. I guarantee that there were plenty of people in Anna’s world who simply could not understand the way she chose to live her life. But Anna traded in “normal” for weird. Because of that, she was one of the first people to see Jesus the Messiah. She was the first woman to publicly proclaim His arrival.
Anna got front row seats to the biggest news in the history of the world because she stopped worrying about what other people thought, colored outside the lines, and became obsessively focused on serving the Lord.
John the Outcast
When it comes to freak shows, John the Baptist may top the list. Beyond his miracle birth and childhood in the wilderness, John the Baptist broke every single rule for how to win a popularity contest.
- He was socially awkward.
John was known for chewing people out in front of large crowds. He also only ate bugs and wild honey. This is not the kind of guy who would get invited to hang out with anyone. Ever.
- He was a fashion disaster.
His clothes were so strange that they warranted a shout out in the Word of God (Matt. 3:4). There was nothing hot about this guy (except that maybe wearing camel hair in the desert would make a fella sweat). He would never be considered for a magazine cover. He wasn’t trendy or put together or well dressed.
- He was hard to understand.
John wasn’t a smooth talker. Much of what he said left people scratching their heads. Isn’t it interesting that God chose someone who was weird and awkward to announce the biggest news ever? Maybe there’s hope for the rest of us who don’t have witty Facebook updates or perfect Insta pages. If you don’t measure up to the perfect standards you see plastered all around us, you and John the Baptist are like two peas in a pod.
Paul the Zealot
I’m sure you’ve heard of Paul. He’s kind of a big deal. Here’s why:
- He preached and planted churches in Jerusalem, Asia, Greece, and Rome.
- His missionary journeys helped spread the gospel beyond Jerusalem. The message Paul preached is still spreading today.
- He wrote thirteen (yes, thirteen!) books of the New Testament.
Paul is pretty much a Christian superstar, but don’t picture him as the sixth member of One Direction. He was zealous (that’s a fancy word for fanatic). He did not fit in anywhere. In fact, in most of the towns where he went, the crowds worked double time to try to drive him out. Sure, he was famous, but he wasn’t loved. Standing up for God’s truth tends to have that effect.
In truth, Paul was simply following the example of the ultimate weirdo . . .
Jesus the Standout
Make no mistake, Jesus was not always popular, and He never fit in.
History has a way of sanitizing things. It’s possible for us to only see the Jesus who crowds lined up to cheer for. But make no mistake, Jesus was not always popular, and He never fit in. He knew what He was talking about when He said these words:
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19).
Jesus is saying, “If you want to follow Me, count on . . .”
- Sticking out like a sore thumb.
- Making people uncomfortable.
- Losing friends.
- Being labeled as strange, weird, intolerant, and freakish.
Calling All Weirdos
Following Christ is not a call to fit in with the world but to stand out. In fact, part of being a true follower is being willing to be weird and to go against the flow of what others say is “normal.”
James 4:4 drives this point home like a sledgehammer.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
If you try to follow Christ and win everyone’s applause, you can’t really follow Christ. That’s why I’m on the hunt for some fellow weirdos.
- Are you willing to live like Christ has called you, even if it means you will stand out from the crowd?
- Are you inspired by those whose lives looked different from normal, or do you just want to live like everyone else?
- Are you willing to stop trying to fit in and embrace the unusual life God created you for?
From one weirdo to another, I’d love to hear how following Christ makes you stand out. Leave me a comment about what makes you weird below.
PS: For more on the truth about popularity, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post, “3 Truths About Fitting In.”