“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods,” wrote John (1John 2:15,MSG). To this apostle, the world represented everything outside his door that ran counter to his faith. Indeed, the world has a different take on how we should live. Today’s postmodern culture believes that all ideas are equally valid, that no one is wrong. The world’s way has always gravitated toward those voices that contend, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.”
All of us have heard the siren song of beliefs that suit our tastes, dispositions, politics, and lifestyles. In our culture we’re free to believe what we want because, in the name of tolerance and diversity, no one’s viewpoint can be dismissed. And while this might help us be liked by others, it is a dangerous approach to take – like making a beeline for a deadly reef upon which we’re likely to shipwreck our faith.
Before His departure, Jesus pulled His men in tight to tell them, “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” (John 15:19). His message to them is the same for us: Blending in with the world is not the mark of a follower of Christ.