I heard a sermon by R.C. Sproul this morning on the way to get groceries. It was about being tempted by the world. Why do we automatically do everything that is culturally acceptable without questioning it first, instead of asking what God wants? Who cares if Katie is a little socially awkward (although I think the "homeschoolers are introverted nerds" deal is complete trash, insert rolley eyes here)?
If man's chief end is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (per the Westminster catechism), why does it matter if my child doesn't know who Spongebob Squarepants is? Who cares if she makes her own clothes and is "dorky" by the world's standards? So what if everyone thinks we are weird for not letting her date in the traditional sense of the word? Or (GASP!) that she doesn't even WANT to date in that sense? LOL!
Audience of One, baby.
Oh, and I wanted to add that his point about what is "culturally acceptable" was pretty thought-provoking. He used abortion as an example. Fifteen years ago you couldn't get 2% of the population to say that they supported it, and now over half do. Is it because we grew as a society and we now know how good it is to have abortions? No way. It has just become socially acceptable.
He went on to say that even the churches have been affected. This denomination doesn't dance, this one wears skirts, this one doesn't drink. If we are confronted by someone about something we have done (or not done), we should ask, "What Biblical principal have I violated?" If we realize that we have violated God's word, we should confess and repent. If not, we should be free to continue. We do not serve man. We do not serve the world and its culture. We do not even serve the Baptist (or Presbyterian or Methodist or you name it) denomination. We serve God ONLY.