12.15.20 我們不ㄧ樣 We Are Different

彼得前書 2:不過,你們是被揀選的一族,是君尊的祭司,是神聖的國度,是屬 神的子民,要使你們宣揚那召你們出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。

1 Peter 2:But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

融入和被接納是一種壓在我們許多人身上的無形力量,尤其是我們的年輕一代。 看到每個人都擁有最新的iphone,穿著最新的時尚,這對我們的年輕人構成了巨大的壓力。 一個人不能與一個國家作戰。 世界要把每個人都塑造成它的形象, 特別我們已在下一代中看到這一點。 但是作為基督徒,我們不ㄧ樣! 使徒彼得提醒我們,我們是“被揀選的一族,是君尊的祭司,是神聖的國度,是屬 神的子民” –這是我們的身份。 只有當我們真正了解並擁抱我們的身份時,我們才能“宣揚那召我們出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德”。 現在該是教會不再像世界一樣,不再努力被世界所喜愛的時候了,而是為基督的緣故而變得與眾不同。 我們敢與世界不ㄧ樣嗎?

To fit in and be accepted is an invisible force pressing upon many of us, especially our young generation. To see that everyone has the latest iphone, wears the latest fashion is a great pressure on our youth. One person cannot fight a nation. The world wants to conform everyone to its likeness; we see that in our next generation. But as Christians we are different! Apostle Peter reminds us that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession” – this is our identity. Only when we truly know and embrace our identity can we “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” It is time for the Church to stop being like the world and to stop striving to be liked by the world, and instead to be different for Christ’s sake. Do we dare to be different?

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