Why is it when we say that a Christian should abstain from doing certain things many feel that we are asking them to be religious? Yet we are not supposed to be normal like the world, but instead to be extraordinary in our lives and different in our actions. For it is not what we abstain from that saves us. No! Only Jesus Christ can do that. Instead it is setting ourselves apart and not partaking in the things of the world that sanctifies us and makes us ready for service and a deeper relationship with God and other believers. It is sanctification that keeps the enemy from infiltrating our lives through doors that he crouches by (Genesis 4:7), awaiting to enter through. It is by setting myself apart and getting rid of those things that take up my time and energy that I make time and room for God in my life. Now a Christian can have fun in life. Yet our fun should not be sinful. Even in our call to separation, we are not simply called to look and sound like other Christians. Instead we are called to make ourselves ready to have relationship with God and be who He has created us to be. We are to quiet all of the noise that is around us so that we can hear His voice clearly. We are to examine ourselves to make sure that the light that is within us is not darkness.(Luke 11:35) We are to choose blessings and not cursing; To make that choice we must be led by the Spirit of God and do what we know is right. For to know what is right to do and not do it, that is sin. (James 4:17) Today, as a chosen people, are we making choices that represent the One who chose us? Are we examining ourselves and allowing the Word to cleanse us? Are we preparing ourselves for relationship with Him who has prepared the way for relationship with us?