A Peculiar People
The idea behind the concept of being “peculiar” is the same as being “holy” or separate, being set apart from the world. Christ said in His prayer for His disciples “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:15-16) He also said “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19)
Others may follow the majority, or run with the herd because as Christ taught in the Gospel of John they do not listen to Him, nor do they believe Him because they are not His sheep. We should follow the admonition of Paul when He said to the Corinthians “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Cor 6:17)
At times we must even oppose the herd if necessary, especially if the herd, like the Gadarean swine, is running into the sea.