There are always pressures to conform to whatever temptations the world brings our way. We feel the pull of popular culture, the call to be “on the right side of history”, whatever that means, in so many areas. Is Christian morality outdated? Are all religions different paths to the same end?
Some of our pressures are not that different than the pressures that the Roman Christians faced when Paul was writing to them long ago. I think Paul would tell us much the same thing he told them back then. Romans 12:2a—“Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
The siren call to conform will always be a temptation for us. But we must remember that we have been renewed by Christ. We don’t belong to this world, and its patterns are not our patterns. Its ways are not our ways. We follow the way of the cross.