We are to be among (literally in the middle of) a crooked and twisted generation (Phil 2:15). There we are differentiated from the crooked and twisted generation by being light. However, the Lord calls us out of the world in a spiritual sense, not a physical sense. Christ send converts back into the darkness. He sent them back as (and with) lights. But beware. Being different than the world simply for the sake of being different does cut it. Relentlessly trying to escape the monotony of tradition can itself become monotonous. Being different is great – a sign of the creativity of God – but Christianity is not about being different, unless what makes you different also makes you like Christ.