Are You An Emulator Or An Impactor?

An emulator conforms to the thoughts ideas and opinions around him. He tries to blend in with his environment (often subconsciously rather than intentionally).

It is easy to be an emulator, just go with the flow. Don’t rock the boat. Chill out and don’t ask questions. The emulator is driven by a desire to be accepted, approved, and applauded. He fears rejection, criticism, being left out, or being called “judgmental.”

An impactor challenges and influences the ideas and opinions around her. She “speaks the truth in love” by boldly stating her opinions and attempting to convince others of her point of view. She has a solid belief system and is on a mission to convey her insights to others, no matter what the social cost.  An impactor is a missionary, influencing others; not a mission field, being brainwashed by society.

Nowadays we are bombarded with newspapers, television, billboards, radio, movies, junk mail, blogs, and spam email, as well as friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers — trying to get us to embrace popular (but self-destructive) behaviors and ideas.   Emulators gleefully embrace and follow societies self-destructive trends.  Impactors lovingly disagree and persuasively pursue purity, righteousness, & holiness.

We are constantly being influenced to lie, cheat, lust, abort babies, be greedy, get high, engage in cheapo sex, be vulgar, applaud sinful behavior, gamble, compromise, reject religion, look at pornography, insult others, cuss, and on and on.  If we publicly disagree with these behaviors, we are criticized and called “judgmental.”  (However, the concept of not judging, in no way implies that we should pretend other people are faultless or that all behaviors are equal.)

Society’s brainwashing never lets up. In such a pushy culture as ours, a neutral or passive position will be pulled into the popular parade of the perversion of the principles of morality accepted by the vast majority of the world’s cultures through out history. Only those willing to boldly head in a different direction can avoid marching with the modern mass media messages.

Emulators abound all around us. But the impactors are few.  Which are you?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to Are You An Emulator Or An Impactor?

  1. driftraver says:

    Honestly I am an impactor at times in my life. But not enough times in my life. I, like most others now days. Tend to be an emulator. Though I am ashamed to say. I am not as strong in my faith as I should be. I hope to become more of an impactor. Lord knows I have the voice and stubbornness to be an impactor.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for the comment, driftraver. Seek God with all your heart and get even stronger in your faith. The world needs impactors who are full of God’s love and not ashamed to share it openly. All God’s best to you!

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  3. It’s important to think about things like this. Thanks for writing 🙂

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