The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
With apologies to Shaw, who would surely disapprove, I think of myself as an unreasonable Christian. When I try to adapt myself to the world I am plagued by the feeling that I am becoming less Christian in the bargain. And when I try to adapt the world to myself I see the image of a dog circling in tall grass, swirling out a comfortable little canine nest where he can curl up and rest for a bit. After a short nap, he moves on. The next time he wants to stop and rest, he will have to swirl out another nest elsewhere because the other one has grown over.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:22-25)