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In The World But Not Of It…?

Written By: jamieu - Jul• 08•13

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For the past month or so I have been chewing on a question. Do the Christians of this generation “blend in?” In an attempt to break the stigma that we are judgmental and legalistic have we become so desensitized that we are lowering the standard for which we live and more importantly for whom we represent?

II Corinthians 5:11, II Corinthians 5:20, and Ephesians 6:20 all speak about how we are ambassadors for Christ. What does that mean? I found these two definitions for ambassador on dictionary.com:

1. A diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative.

2.  An authorized messenger or representative

This life is not our own, the day we accepted Christ we became His ambassadors to the world. We were put here to fulfill the individual plan that God has for our lives and to be resident representatives of heaven.

That is a pretty heavy thought isn’t it? Whether you like it or not, once you proclaim your faith you are being watched by those you have influence over, those who are waiting for you to mess up, and by people that you are unaware of (Facebook has made that one very easy..). What is your life telling them? Do they see a difference in you, or do they only remember that you are a Christian when you mention going to church on Sunday? If we watch the same TV shows, listen to the same music, laugh at the same vulgar jokes, say the same curse words, how are we any different from the world we are in?

I completely understand the concept of not wanting to fall into legalism. I also understand that there are gray areas in the Bible that we all have different convictions on (example: should Christians drink alcohol?), but in an attempt to not cross over into legalism have we fallen too far in the other direction? Is there even a line anymore?

I feel like the Christians of this generation have been so bombarded with the degeneration of our society that we have lowered our standards just to “survive.” I mean let’s be real – look at what is on TV on a daily basis. Shows that encourage teenage drinking, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, foul language, extramarital affairs, all things the Bible is VERY clear on, and yet we religiously tune in every week. I will be the first to admit I am guilty of that, and have found plenty of excuses to justify my choices over the years. My “justification” was shaken when I recently I heard a minister say “why are we so entertained by the very things that Jesus died to save us from?” Yikes…..

I think that Romans 12:2 says pretty much says it all:

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Where do you think­­ Christians have dropped the ball? Where have we conformed and how do we fix it? I am honestly curious what you think. Feel free to comment below or on this link on Facebook. I would like to do a follow up blog on this topic with my own thought as well as what others think and perceive.

 

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Elissa says:

    This is soo good Jamie!! I have been having some of these same exact thoughts for the past couple weeks!! Esp being in New York…I have had some of these same thoughts.. I have been studying the behavior of people and I worry so much for the next generation.. well and for ours..
    The pop music lately– I am just shocked– I feel like things have gone to a whole new level all of a sudden and the things on TV!! (yikes)
    I feel that you are exactly right we need to all come together and stray strong for what we believe and try to make a change and show the next generation that they don’t have to be like everyone else and what commercials and people on the radio tell people to be and the image they portray..

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