Everyone who paid attention to my last blog on nonconformity should read Don Blosser’s comment. I spent some night time pondering the difference between Don and me. It seems to me that I am describing the beginning of transformation and he is experiencing the ultimate transformation possible.
Allow me to rely on the metaphors suggested by the use of the word meta-morphosis (transformation) in Romans 12:2. What I describe are stages in transformation. Deeper in the metaphor I note that eggs hatch into larvae (worms) exposed to all the dangers of being tiny, soft and often crippled or crushed by the world surrounding them.
Forgive me if I see more than I should in the metaphor, for I am about to suggest that large masses of people around our world are unaware of the negative pressures that squeeze them into shapes imposed on them by their world’s culture. Though the metaphor portrays them as larvae, worms they are not.
Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed” was not written to worms, but to human beings with minds that are able to make choices even though they are presently being squeezed into shapes dictated by their world. They can be made aware of the mysterious mercies that gave them life. They can resist the pressures that are squeezing them to death, and be transformed into new life. That is the truth of this verse and the metaphor embedded in it.
Remember my list of pressures in the last post: 1) we all need a gun for safety’s sake, 3) greed is essential to prosperity, 3) big government is an enemy of small business, and 4) public services should be privatized. I hoped that you moved to add to my list, or to scrap my list and make one of your own
I belabored the beginning of the transformation process. And Don Blosser, blessed be he and his ministry, is living and teaching in the freedom found only at the end of the process. I will likely have more to say about his comment in my next post.
Right now I feel compelled to call attention to the “but” in the middle of Romans 12:2. “But” is a powerful little word that discounts everything before it like “be not conformed to this world” and illuminates and empowers everything that follows it like “be transformed.”
I like the big little word but I read it with care and try to limit its use in my own writing. I wish to use it only when it is essential to clarity. When I read Don’s comment I saw one big BUT at the beginning. The but belonged there, and was appropriate. In my next post I will try to dwell on the means of transformation.