"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God". Romans 12:2
I am alarmed at the worldly behavior I see many Christians involving themselves in. In Christianity, in times past, the worldly behavior that concerned the church most was-- dancing, drinking, smoking, cursing and other vices. The church is still concerned about these things, but now days this worldly behavior that I am referring to specifically is more deadly in nature. It is more subtle. It takes on the appearance of wisdom and rational thinking. It is more deceptive and many Christians are falling into it.
They are embracing the wisdom of the world as opposed to embracing and practicing the wisdom and instruction of the Kingdom. Let me show you what I mean:
The world says- Let your voice be heard; make them listen. The Kingdom/Bible/God says- A soft answer turns away wrath.
The world says- Riot, protest, make them pay in order to get results. The Kingdom/Bible/ God says- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
The world says- Share the wealth. Take from the rich and give to the poor. The Kingdom/Bible/God says- Thou shall not covet. If a man doesn't work, he doesn't eat.
The world says- Don't let anything stand in the way of your success. The Kingdom/Bible/God says- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
The world says-- Destroy those who oppose you, who won't let you have your way and who won't give you what you desire. The Kingdom/Bible/God says- Love your enemies.
The word Christian means: Christ-like. True Christianity means conformity to Christ likeness, not the likeness of the world. Jesus didn't destroy the law, He fulfilled it. He didn't walk after the example and practices of the world. He walked out and lived out Kingdom principles. He brought the Kingdom to earth. He taught the Kingdom. He modeled the behavior of the Kingdom and lived in the Kingdom while here on earth. He has called us to do the same if we call ourselves Christians. He said that the Kingdom was within you. Whatever is in you should guide and dictate your behavior. Whatever is in you will come out. If your behavior is that of the world's then the world is in you, not Christ. There is no room for both. Repent and ask Jesus to come into your life and put His Kingdom in your heart. Then go and live it out here on earth.
Have a great day. Is your behavior conforming to the world or to the Kingdom of God?