In our righteous frustration lies a temptation that entices us when we start anxiously comparing ourselves with “the rest of the world.” This is the temptation of the devout that Jesus described, of the evangelical Pharisee who thanked God that he was no longer like sinners! We might do better to shift the comparison; the scandal is not that we are just like other people but that we are not more like Jesus.
I just had to quote this because of the last sentence in this paragraph. Christians may fret at times that our ways are too much like the world, but that’s not the issue. We are not trying to be different for the sake of being different, but we are different because we want to be like Jesus.