I found this quote today:
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like that. I think that being a nonconformist is also an important part of being a true follower of Jesus.
I'm sure there are some situations where following Jesus is the popular thing to do, but probably those situations are the exception, not the rule.
On Wednesday night at church we finished our study through the book of Hebrews, and read this in the last chapter:
Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. (Hebrews 13:13)
Sometimes being a follower of Jesus means being willing to be "different," to be nonconformist, even to bear reproach for Him.
Romans 12:2 says - "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind..."
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."