Breaking away from conformity

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

How often are we pressured into conforming to the standards of society? Sometimes we don’t even know that we are shaping ourselves to fit with the trend and mindset of society around us. The obvious covert form of conformity would be the presentation of our outward appearance and the attainment of materialistic possessions. Whereas, the internal form of conformity would be to accept the diversity of cultural, religious, philosophical, political patterns in the world and allow one’s way of thinking to be shaped by ideals and values that provide the least amount of resistance and maximum amount of relativism.

However, the more and more we allow ourselves to be pulled by the “latest and greatest” and be swept away by fleeting emotions, the more unsustainable our lives become. Deep within we know there is something missing. An emptiness and a void which cannot be fulfilled by conforming to the patterns of this world. We may not be able to (or want to) put our finger on what this emptiness stems from, but a deep seeded longing for something sustaining will always linger, so long as the pulse of this world continues to controls our lives.

Therefore, who or what is doing the thinking for us? If we are to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, then are we not called to take up the potentially painful struggle of asking, thinking and reflecting on some life changing questions?

Who or what are we faithful to? Who or what do we live for? What is at the root of the emptiness inside and what can be done to fill the void?

Romans 12:2 points to conformity in this world as an aspect that fuels the insatiable longing for fulfillment. So it is not time for a renewing transformation or will pluralistic ignorance continue to be empty bliss?