We are all conformed to a particular worldview. This worldview is chosen based on our interactions and experiences in life. For believers and followers of Christ, the bible is the foundation upon which we are supposed to build our outlook and participation in the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

The bible directs us to be “in the world but not of the world.”

If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. (John 15:19)

What exactly is “the world”

Humanity’s worldview apart from God

Thoughts and actions enslaved and controlled by the powers of evil and darkness

Giving allegiance to and conforming to the existing culture

Performing external religious activities to make yourself “good enough to enter heaven

Believing that the opinions of people are equally as valid as the opinions of God in his word

Redefining sin as mistakes that can be remedied by a little remorse

The bible defines the solution to being worldly minded

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

True followers of Christ cannot follow the wisdom or dictates of popular culture

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)

Nothing in the world can solve the problem of sin and its effects on people

If we choose to live for God in a world that has rejected him there will be adversity

18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. (John 15:18)

I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:14-16)

To which worldview are you conforming?

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