Standing Firm

My wife and I often speak with one another about how easy the world can sneak up in our lives. When you turn on a television episode, there is nudity and sexually explicit language on almost every show. When you change the channel, there is someone else committing adultery or other worldly behaviors. However, when did this become OK? It is not OK, we just have been blinded by the worldly influences in our lives and simply have learned to tolerate them as we continue watching the television screen. For unbelievers, this is fine but not for Christians. Paul speaks to this situation as the “god of this world blinding the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the Gospel of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4, NASB). For unbelievers, the world continues to blind them. Their environment has total power over their lives, whether it is on television or social media. However, Paul did not say “also for believers.” There has always been a separation between believers and unbelievers.

We live in the day of age where you cannot share your Christian values and love without being called names. When we do not accept the sin of others, we are the problem. When we do not conform to the current culture, we are left isolated and alone. This makes us vulnerable because people naturally want to fit in. Our culture does not allow us to show the glory of God through the image of Christ but it is fine to push the ways of the world on our children. However, I am not saying this to make us feel doomed. No, on the contrary, I am trying to allow my readers to understand the harmful situation the Christian culture is currently facing. We are called to not preach about ourselves, but to preach Christ as our Lord (2 Corinthians 4:5). We may not be popular with the crowds but it is what we are called to do. For it is written, “The light shall shine out of the darkness,”(2 Corinthians 4:6). This cannot happen when we are too busy trying to conform to this world. Ultimately, the physical must conform to the spiritual. This cannot happen if we continue to allow the world to blind unbelievers.

We have the knowledge of the truth, however, we are too scared to share it with others. This is a common conception held by many Christians and I just want to encourage us all today to stand firm in our faith. Do not tolerate sin in your lives. If the television series you like is going south, turn it off. If someone is speaking down on our faith or our beliefs, stand up and defend our faith, and pray for discernment when it is time to walk away. Sometimes walking away is not weakness, it is showing the strength of God in your life. Christians have always been called to be different. There is no difference between when Paul wrote this letter and the time that we currently live in. We have the light in us to help others find Christ. Use it! Don’t let others dim your light, because if it not for us to help guide unbelievers, then who is supposed to? Be different and be strong.

I want to pray today for encouragement and strength. I pray that we can all have the courage to stand firm in our faith and our beliefs. I pray that we can all identify any worldly influences that we may currently have and give it to the Lord. I pray that we stand out so brightly that people will be attracted to our Gospel like a moth to a bug zapper. This is what it means to be the light and I pray that we all have this ability in our daily walk. Amen!

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