As Christians, we are called to love each other. As the world calls for us to love everyone as well (by love, this means tolerance contradicting our beliefs), why do Christians find ourselves at odds with the world? There are many places in God’s Word which shows this is to be expected.
1 John 4:5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
1 Peter 2:11-12 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
There are many other passages in the Bible which we are clearly called to be a light, to be different, from the world. We will be hated, and it will be uncomfortable. How are we to influence a broken culture by being just like them. How are we to be a light when we let the darkness cascade over our bodies without a fight.
I can’t wait to dive into this topic in our upcoming Monday Morning Video…
I love you all.