As Christians, we hold to the standards and principles of God’s Word as our moral guide that dictates our behavior. In holding firm and not allowing the culture to change our convictions and our worldview, we are becoming more and more out of place in this world.
The light that comes from being a follower of Jesus is more intense than ever as the world gets darker and darker. God tells us that the world “loves darkness and hates the light” (John 3:20).
So, as the culture in America continues to march deeper into the dense darkness of evil, how would God have us act? What should be our mindset?
2:11-12 NCV 1 Peter Dear friends, you are like foreigners and strangers in this world. I beg you to avoid the evil things your bodies want to do that fight against your soul. People who do not believe are all around you and might say that you are doing wrong. Live such good lives that they will see the good things you do and will give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again.
The first thing God tells us to do is realize that we are strangers and foreigners in this world. Our citizenship in in the kingdom of God, not in the corrupt and evil world culture that we live in. As citizens of the kingdom of God, our allegiance is to our Lord, Savior and King, Jesus.
Instead of getting in step with the standards and mores of the current culture, we are to resist and avoid the things that appeal to our sinful human nature, and remain true and loyal to our Savior.
God tells us that we will be criticized and belittled for our stand because we refuse to yield to the pressure to conform, but so be it.
What is the antidote to this disease that has infected this world?
God says that the power we have in us that comes from Jesus to live upright lives in the midst of unkind and unjust opposition is the answer. As we live out our faith in Jesus, our light shines brighter. The upright behavior that comes from a relationship with Jesus sends beams of the light of the gospel into this dark place.
Many will find our lifestyle of allegiance to Jesus offensive, and do their best to snuff out our light, but many others will see Jesus in our lives and this will leave an impression. This opens the door for the Holy Spirit to begin work in them.
In America, these are different times. These are times that test our faith, so let’s pass the test!
Let’s live out our lives beaming the light of good character, kind and polite words, a calm and pleasant demeanor and a loving smile that says, “I am not a child of this world! I am a child of God!”
This is the way to deal with a world that loves darkness rather than light.
Have a great day!
Love you guys, Dick
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