1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called.
Some might interpret this as acknowledging our peculiarity, but it actually reflects how God views His people—not as oddities, but as precious jewels and His treasured possession. This designation highlights their chosen status and their value in God's eyes.
However, this divine perspective contrasts with how the world perceives believers. To the world, our actions—such as self-denial, love for enemies, and forgiveness—might seem strange when compared to its self-centered values. Yet, this passage focuses on God's perspective rather than the world's opinion.
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy nation….” Exodus 19:5-6
Similarly, in Deuteronomy 7:1-6, the Israelites are instructed to separate themselves from the surrounding peoples because they are holy and special to God.
Words like holy, special, and separate characterize the relationship between God and His people. However, this doesn't exempt believers from fulfilling their Christian duties or behaving respectfully towards others. While the world may perceive believers as peculiar, our conduct should primarily align with God's standards rather than conforming to societal expectations. If our adherence to God's principles leads to separation from worldly norms, so be it.
In summary, while we (Christians) may appear peculiar in the eyes of the world due to our adherence to God's principles, this distinctiveness is not a license for isolation or aloofness. Rather, it's a call to live out the values of the Kingdom of God amidst a world that often operates by different standards. As ambassadors for Christ, we are tasked with embodying love, grace, and truth in our interactions with others, all while remaining grounded in the unchanging truth of God's Word. Thus, while the world may see us (Saints) as peculiar, our ultimate allegiance lies with God, and our aim is to reflect His character and bring glory to His name in all we do.