Books like “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand and “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier, among others, have a common theme of an individual standing up against the status quo of society. These types of books are interesting to us because we like seeing the individual take on the group and hope to win. It makes for a good struggle story, good drama, and allows us to want to identify with characters like this.

As Christians, we are told to be in the world but to be separate from the world and what most people do. After all, we were called out from the world at salvation and we should have no desire to seek reintegration. Pastor John Samuel Barnett provides this lesson from God’s Word. We should surrender to God alone and fight against our desires to be like the world. 2016JAN24 – SWS-10 – Following Christ – The Path Jesus Left For Our Safety)