I'm not responsible for you. I don't have to make you think like I do. I don't even need your approval. And, most important, I'm not interested in winning an argument on issues of life with you. You might love me or hate me, it doesn't matter. You might think I'm too narrow minded or too religious, it doesn't bother me. You might call me names, I don't mind.
And, I am not responsible to you. I don't owe you an explanation of my life or views. I don't owe you anything but to love you well.
In fact....I have to tell you....I don't really care what you think of me. You don't even have to like me. I don't mind. I can't live for you. I must not live for you, I have to live for another.
The only one I want to please is the God who made me. If by chance you agree with that great, but even if you don't like my life of trying to please God it doesn't change my course. I'm not here to make you happy or make you feel like you won an argument with me because I don't intend to argue with you about anything.
I want to please only one, God.
I want to conform to his views, his nature, his heart. I want to please God.
The author of Hebrews wrote these words about the life of another,
"By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God."
The commentary on his life was that he was pleasing to God.
That's what I want too!
I want to live for him! I want to please God. That will mean I may not please you. You might dislike me for my views and words, but I'm not here to please you, sorry, I'm trying to please God.
And, as our culture moves away from truth and God it will divide me from the culture around me. Here's what it will look like- gradually I will be more and more politically and culturally incorrect. As culture redefines "right and wrong" I will gradually be vilified, but I'm not trying to please the culture....I'm trying to please God.
So as you watch me lovingly be politically and culturally incorrect understand my goal....I want to be pleasing to God!