Gray is now the status quo
Black and white’s not in, you know
You’re the zebra in a pony show
You wear your faith just like a light
I’d say you’re doing something right
(words by Francesca Battistelli/Ian Eskelin/Tony Wood)
These are lyrics from a Francesca Battistelli song called Unusual. It’s a catchy song, one that celebrates those who stand out to other people. I bring this up because we live in a day where people want you to believe that there are a lot of gray areas. Those people are wrong, and Christians need to be that ‘zebra in a pony show.’ Still, we should not need song lyrics to push this behavior.
In 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV), Christians are told that they are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a peculiar people. Is there something about you that stands out as odd or peculiar to non-Christian neighbors and co-workers? Do they know you are a Christian? If the answer is no, then they may not know what issues are black and white. Meanwhile, you may be the only person in their lives that can make a difference, and Jesus tells us that we are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). I have already mentioned this at One Million Dads, but salt preserves things. Salt provides flavor. In some cases, people crave salt. Meanwhile, light helps people to see where they are going. If there is no salt and light, where are people going to get what they need in Jesus Christ?
Take these scriptures to heart and preach the word. Be in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking and exhorting with all long-suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2). You do not have to be mean. Actually, on that note, do not be mean. Instead, follow the instructions of Colossians 4:6 and let your speech be always with grace and seasoned with salt. Yes, there will be unbelievers. Some of them will have questions or comments, but be prepared and willing to give them answers. If unbelievers do not come to you, it could be that they do not know you are a Christian.
Go ahead. Be the zebra. Wear your faith like a light. If not, I’d say you’re doing something wrong.