Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2

Christians are expected to follow the Christian edict, not conform to the social standards of the day.  As biblical scholar J.B. Phillips stated, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.” A difficult task perhaps, one that requires changing one’s attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and ultimately actions.  However, when we are careful to adhere to our Christian belief system (renew our mind), regardless of the pressures to conform, this “transformation” will take place as a matter of course.