"And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification."
Our God is distinctively different from all the gods of the world. And He has made His people to be so from the world's children. "The LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel." While the worldlings are busying themselves attempting to be "same-alikes" (my daughter Charity's term, when small), God's children are to be distinctively different.
It is a sad day when Christian's emulate the world trying to be just like one another, forfeiting their God given special characteristics, in order to be to like the run-of the-mill. Those little idiosyncrasies that make us who we are, are what people use to identify us as separate from all others. In this "cookie-cutter age" it is hard to find those who "dare to be different."
What saint does not recognize the voice of a Billy Graham or a George Beverly Shea? Yet today, for the most part, the pulpit ministry is without distinction, without signification. The same can be said of writers who had their own styles, as C.S. Lewis and A.W. Tozer. And even in the pews we find a horde of copycats, each not wanting to be themselves, but another.
Years ago, on a late night TV program I heard an impersonator do John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and many more. The host asked the imitator to do some contemporary actors. He replied he couldn't, saying "Today's actors are all alike, there is nothing distinct about them." May each of us be readily picked out of a line-up.