DayBreaks for 04/19/13 – Confronting the World’s Value System
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We live in a day and age where values are turned upside down and they are even assigned honorable names. In the name of tolerance, we are told that we must accept and condone sexual immorality and deviation from clearly designed God-given roles of male and female. We are told that the right to choose is a greater right than the right of an unborn child to life – and we name it “pro-choice” instead of “pro-death”. But of course, the “pro-choice” people are all for freedom of choice – as long as you choose to let them do what they want. How our culture and world have cheapened values! How, as Christians, are we to confront and wage battle against this mass deception by the father of lies?
In The Unchained Soul, Calvin Miller offers some guidelines that I think are worth considering and sharing:
“First of all, we need to admit that Christians are often uncomfortable trying to live in a secular world because we have forgotten that we are not to consider this world our home. It may have been a major fault of evangelicals ten years ago that they thought they could actually Christianize the secularians and build the kingdom here on earth. Now it seems we cannot. Perhaps this loss of influence will make our thinking clearer. We have been called by Christ to redeem the world. We are called neither to Christianize nor control it.” Miller goes on to describe the fact that we are not to abandon our faith to join the world’s valueless revelry, nor should we abandon our God given responsibility to be light and preservative salt. But the key is in dying to the world (Romans 6:11 – “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”)
What does this dying to the world mean? Perhaps no one put it better than saint Francis of Assisi so long ago: “Take a corpse and put it where you will. You will see that it does not resist being moved, nor murmur about its position, nor protest when it is cast aside. If it is placed on a throne, it will not raise up its eyes…if it is clothed in purple, it will look twice as pale. This is a truly obedient man. He does not judge why he is moved: He has not cared where he is placed…If he is raised to an office, he retains customary humility: the more he is honored, the more unworthy he considers himself.”
Miller says: “We who are owned by Jesus are to be his living sacrifices (Gal. 2:20). But our sacrifice is to link hands with joy. We are to exult in our Lord’s great love. We are not to fear this world; we are to enjoy it…So we are sacrificial hedonists. We sacrifice ourselves to know a richer pleasure. Filled with Christ, it is our joy to make the world better just by living in it. In him we sanctify the secular age just by passing through it.”
The first step to confront the world’s value system is not to fear it. The victory is the Lord’s – we cannot lose no matter the outcome of our feeble efforts. We must not fear it so much that we’re willing to die to it – rather than dwell on what we might miss out on if we were to die to it. And we need to let our joy be contagious to the world – the joy of the redeemed who know they are redeemed! Ultimately, if we live our Christian life and joy in front of the world, the world will be better for it!
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