For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (1 John 2:16 NLT)
Have you noticed how difficult it is becoming to tell the difference between those who claim to be Christians and everyday people in the world? I see believers, including pastor's wives, getting tattoos like those around them. I hear Christians using words like "it sucks" which to say the least is vulgar language if not immoral. What's going on? Are we now taking on the language of the world as our norm? Do we have to participate in worldly functions in order to reach the world for Christ?
I have never forgotten a challenge given by one of the professors in chapel when I was in Bible college. The title of his short message was "Dare to be Different." I'm finding little difference in today's society between believers and non-believers. Christ is not a part of their everyday language unless used in a negative fashion. The Bible is no longer revered as sacred or held in high esteem. Other religious books are placed on the same level. Separation from the things of the world is "pooh-poohed" and classified as old-fashioned/out-of-date.
Where are the believers in America who are willing to stand for a sanctified, separated life? Am I one of them? Are you? May God give us the courage and strength to say, "This is the hill I'm willing to die on?"