When I say war in this context, I am not talking about physical battles such as the one in the middle east.
I am talking about the Christian war on the world. Here are the some of the ways that I believe we, as Christians, are at war against the world:
The world says accumulate stuff, make more money, increase your lifestyle.
- Christians should not desire to accumulate stuff, however, if you do, consider it a blessing, and decide how you are using that stuff to increase the population of Heaven.
- Christians should not desire to make more money. Christians should desire to show the world that income is not their god. If you make money, congratulations! How are you using that money. You know, that money and all of your stuff belongs to God…you are a manager for that money. Are you embezzling it for your own cause, or are you being faithful?
The world says that you should find “love” whether it be with the opposite sex, same sex, or whatever, and then of course, the world promotes sex before marriage.
- Christians should find love (according to 1 Cor. 13:4-7) with another Christian.
- I shouldn’t even have to say this, but according to the Bible, homosexuality is a sin.
- Sex before marriage is considered fornication, and that is wrong, according to the Bible. Now that I say that, of course you are not condemned to hell for fornication, God has forgiven you if you have asked.
The world says there are many ways to heaven…“I am a good person, so I am sure I am going to heaven.”
- According to John 14:6 (ESV), “…no one comes to the father except through me”
- Eph. 2:8-9 (NIV): For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of this culture war that Christians have today, but hopefully it may get you thinking to other ways that we are at war.
I leave you with two verses:
- Romans 12:2 (NKJV): And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- 1 John 2:16 (NKJV): For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Thanks for reading! – Adam Smith