Stop It

We have a problem in the church, let’s just be real for a minute, we have a problem of letting culture impact what we believe and how we act. Too many believers are allowing the ideas and systems of the world to become normal in their own lifestyles and, as a result, are compromising their core beliefs. Allow me to be blunt for second; Stop it! Jesus told us in John 15 that we do not belong to the world. We have been set apart. We are supposed to impact culture, not the other way around. Disagreeing with the world’s perspectives doesn’t make us hateful, it’s called standing firm to what we believe. We can love people without compromising the lifestyle Jesus taught us to live. We shouldn’t stand on a street corner with a megaphone telling people they are going to hell, but we also shouldn’t completely change the way we believe because society has decided to normalize something that is opposite to biblical principles. We have to stop compromising our beliefs in the name of political correctness or out of a fear that someone’s feelings might get hurt. Here’s an extreme example, would you compromise on your belief that murder is wrong simply to avoid hurting a murderer’s feelings? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. But we do it in so many other ways. The church has to make a stand. The world needs us to make a stand. We have sat in our comfortable buildings for far too long, judging everyone on the outside, without actually living out the life Jesus died for us to have. 2 Corinthians 4 tells us that Satan is the god of this world and that he has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe in Jesus. Jesus died so that people can be free from Satan’s influence. Compromising our beliefs doesn’t lead them to a place of freedom, it pushes them further into Satan’s grasp. Don’t compromise on the truth for anyone or anything. Live your life in such a way that Jesus gets everything he paid for on the cross. That’s how we change the world. That’s how we change culture.

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