Normal: a lack of significant deviation from the average, conforming to a standard, usual, ordinary, and according to norms or rules.
The Bible tells us that Christians live in one world but have the loyalty caught up in another world. Both are at odds. Each one is normal to itself, but strange to the other. We have to choose which normal to live by. The Bible tells us that our normal ought to be to love God and to love people. Every action we take must do one or both. It ought to be normal to live out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control.
The world tells us that our normal ought to be to love ourselves. Look out for number one, as they say. There are no standards of behavior because what might be right for one person might not be right for another. So if that guy over there wants to defy gravity right off of a building, that’s his business.
What should be not normal is a Christian who lives according to the World. It should be strange thing that is so apparently in conflict that it does not admired. A Christian who loves God and people cannot love themselves first. That’s called pride. It cancels out humility. Such souls will still go to heaven, but only as one barely escaping the flames.
Nor is it possible for a worldy person to put on Christianity without being a suscriber. What reward would there be for his good behavior? Nothing. What reward would there be for his good deeds? Nothing. The problem of sin remains even if he combats it by being a good person. It’s just not good enough to cancel out even one sin. Only faith in Jesus Christ as your savior can do that. He can cancel out all sins.
Which normal do you choose to live by?