Free and Odd

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.”

I’ve been thinking about this quote from author Flannery O’Conner, ever since I received it in the daily “Verse and Voice” email from Sojourners, I’ve decided to put some thoughts down. I’m pretty sure she’s giving us her take on Jesus’ statement found in John 8.32:

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

But it strikes me that she may be very close to the truth. The truth of the good news of Jesus Christ sets us free, but it also make us odd. To believe in Jesus Christ, to believe that the poor, the hungry, and the weeping are blessed, to believe in turning the other cheek and going the extra mile, to believe that the last will be first, to take up our cross and follow Jesus; all of these things make us odd. We shouldn’t be worried about being odd. Christ was odd. It’s when we find ourselves blending in perfectly with our society, that we should be concerned about our faith and our souls.