Is today just an ordinary day? America says it is. Hurry up, get to school, don't be late for work, buy a new car, go by wal-mart on the way home, make sure everyone is entertained, check the phone, keep everyone quiet, block out the world, go to bed. Ordinary and normal is what we strive for right? Custom, expectation - that's just what you do. But why do you do it? For 2000+ years, followers of Christ have been shifting and shuffling around, trying to serve God; some harder than others. Sometimes we shuffle too far, sometimes we haven't shifted towards God enough. All the while, God hasn't moved an inch - He's right where He's always been, saying what He's always said.
For me, it is so easy to get sucked into American religion or Western spiritual customs and allow them to influence my view of God and His expectations. As a society, we swing from one side to the other - from allowing our emotional reactions to dictate to classifying right and wrong based on what some other group may or may not have done. Just because it feels right doesn't mean God desires it. Just because a practice may look like this group or that doesn't mean God does NOT desire it. Our perceptions are so easily influenced by social ideas that its a wonder we can walk straight without surveying our entire neighborhood! If nothing else, it sure does make me thankful for having the bible so readily available in our time. The rest of us are just too unreliable, finicky and foolish to trust with our salvation.