In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:4
For to me to live is Christ. – Philippians 1:21a
You do you has become oft-used phrase that seems to mean, “be yourself,” or, “be true to who you are.”
In one sense, that philosophy seems harmless, even good. For example, I wouldn’t want my children to put on a façade of any sort, just to please my husband or me.
Instead, I want them to be the individuals that God created them to be. I want them to fulfill their potential through his power, grace, and strength.
But…would I ever say to them, “You do you”?
I dunno about that.
Too often, when I’ve heard the phrase tossed around social media, it seems to excuse the viewer or listener from a moral obligation or responsibility. For example, one of the YouTubers I watch regularly explained his ideas about intermittent fasting and a healthful diet, followed by, “…but you do you.” As in, “Find what works for you, and you’ll be just fine.”
I’ve heard others say that they believe they shouldn’t overindulge in alcohol, followed by, “but that’s just what I believe. You do you.”
Are we so afraid to stand up for heartfelt beliefs, or even moral absolutes, that we live in a state of over-tolerance?
Why do we feel we must denigrate our worldview by tacking on a phrase like, “…but you do you”?
In such a situation, I would never use that phrase.
I don’t believe that people should do whatever pleases them, or that they should base their life’s philosophy on whatever feels right to them.
I don’t believe those ideas, because the Bible says otherwise; and as a Christian, I base my worldview on Scripture alone.
While it may be difficult for some to accept, God’s Word is full of black-and-white. Certain things are always right. Certain things are always wrong.
There is only one way to heaven, not many.
There is only one true God.
On the other hand, while I don’t believe I should excuse or encourage others to live in a way I know to be wrong, I also don’t believe I should beat them over the head with the truth of God’s Word.
I get excited when someone curious about Christianity asks me what I believe, and why. It provides me an opportunity to share my beliefs warmly and openly, without belittling the other person and his beliefs.
As in everything, I want to be like Christ, who was always masterfully compassionate, yet completely honest.
Have you ever thought about the phrase, “you do you”? Do you think our society is too tolerant? I welcome your comments.
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. – Ephesians 4:13-15