In or Of?

February 27, 2012

General Life

I was challenged the other day by my friend, Grant, who said, “I fear that instead of being in the world but not of it, the Church is not in the world but totally of it.”

Do we, as Christians, separate ourselves and our children from real relationship with those who do not share our beliefs?  Are we choosing the easier and more comfortable path by keeping to our own?  Do we avoid interactions that might challenge us with conflicting ideals?  Are we maintaining a faith bubble around our families?

Yet on the flipside, are we living a lifestyle that looks no different from that of the world?  Has our culture so significantly enveloped us that our choices are not separate from the secular values of society?  Are we not giving space for the Gospel to transform our hearts in such a way where our love is characteristically distinct from those who do not know God?

Ultimately, it seems we have we developed our own activities, schools, entertainment, and communities that separate us from mainstream culture, yet our activities, schools, entertainment and communities totally mirror the world.

The call is to lovingly live in the culture, but live totally counter-culture.  My heart is challenged.

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One Comment on “In or Of?”

  1. Rebekah Says:

    This is a thought-provoking topic.

    Francis Schaeffer wrote about how the culture-at-large will accept a new idea, and then several years later, the church will follow suit.

    I think that the cure for both extremes (extreme withdrawal from the world, and extreme immersion in it) lies in a transformation of our worldview by saturating ourselves in the truth of the Bible, and seeking after God. When our perspective is shaped by our relationship with God and the truth of His Word, we will be able to engage the world around us with compassion, while still remaining set apart.

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