In this season of Lent as millions of Christians are preparing hearts and minds to unify in celebrating Resurrection Day, it’s hard to imagine that when Jesus lived, He was despised by most everyone He encountered. His polarizing actions and message ruffled the status quo so much that those with incompatible belief systems rallied together and in unity cried out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
Today, secular and religious leaders and their deceived minions seek to unify again under a banner that cancels our holy God and his holy word. We may be tempted to “go along to get along” out of fear. Maybe the words and concepts even sound righteous. Trusted authority figures calculatingly misuse then redefine words until they no longer communicate reality. These Godless people promise to usher in a great utopia that measures love by permissiveness and calls evil anyone who teaches the Creator’s intentions for His creation. What Christ meant by unity among the brethren is perverted to mean “love accommodates wickedness.”
But our allegiance is to the Truth found in God’s Word. Our authority is Christ Himself who perfectly obeyed the Father in this rebellious world, always glorifying Him rather than appeasing the godless, no matter the cost. Like Jesus, we may be called rebels when we reject this unholy “unity” (Luke 22:37).
God’s people must NEVER agree to oneness with the world (John 17:14). Christians are aliens in this foreign world ruled by dark forces. In the words of Petra’s song, “Not of this World”: We are pilgrims in a strange land.
We are so far from our homeland.
With each passing day it seems so clear,
This world will never want us here.
We’re not welcome in this world of wrong.
We are foreigners who don’t belong.
Precious woman of God, do not vascillate! Believers cannot be friends with the world because darkness can not live in the light (Matt 5:13-16). As growing, maturing women of faith we must wake up to belief systems and lifestyles that conflict with Christian truth.
Jesus reminded His followers that they were in the world but not of the world. They were to be salt and light to people who hated God. Believers who blend in with the world, like salt that has lost its taste or a light under a bowl, are useless (Matthew 5:13-16).
We at Help Club encourage you to know God’s Word; study it thoroughly, then practice living it. Relying on feelings and what seems right is a recipe for disaster. Focus on values and activity that glorify God. Chuck Swindoll says, “Absorbing God’s Word is not just about hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating. The final step is living it out!”
The world’s desire is to press you into its mold through deceitful compliance and coercion (Col. 2:8). By the power of the Spirit, not the nightly news, live wisely with discernment. Be transformed by renewing your mind to conform to Christ alone (Rom. 12:2).
Blessings and Love,