Be not conformed…

January 15, 2007

I have had many friends in the past, and most of them have been Christians. I went to a private Christian school for many years (and unfortunately that school went down the tubes regarding Christianity), and have had many influences. I have noticed, however, that most of the time, my friends brought things that had to do with the world. For example, several of my friends listened to Green Day. I have a problem with that.

Romans 12:2-“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
My question has always been, “If you claim to be a Christian, how do you explain to a non-Christian that you act just like them, but tell them that they need to change?” In other words, why do you conform to the world? Why do you act like the world even though Christ commands us to be seperate from the world?

We wear clothes, we listen to music, and we eat. Does that mean because we can’t eat, clothe ourselves, and listen to music. Of course not! What Paul is referring to is our actions regarding our souls. Would we listen to music that the world listens to? Would we watch movies with sex, lust, and swearing (which now is hard to avoid)? Would we curse our neighbors? Would we threaten to kill somebody? These are things the world does every day. Do we really want to follow their example?

I firmly believe that God’s Word is the authority we must live by, and we must turn to it in all of our trials and tribulations. We must not conform, but preach the Gospel and repentance unto life!
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