|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, November 21 2011 00:00|
68. The World
A lot of men don't understand their relationship with the secular world. There are four stances men can take toward the world:
Jesus said we are "in" the world but not "of" the world ( John 17:11, 14). So tell your men not to get engrossed with using the things of this world (1 Corinthians 7:31). Tell them not to love the world (1 John 2:15-17).
To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:20-22)
Why was Paul such a chameleon? Because he understood that Christianity is not a culture of its own. Christianity is lived "inside" cultures. It is not our assignment to create a Christian culture. Our assignment is to represent God within the culture. To do that, we have to go "into" the culture. On matters not specifically commanded or prohibited by Scripture, we are free to adapt to the culture. We don't require the culture to adapt to us.
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