I'll start this post off with the quote that sparked my thinking:
"From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."
"In the world, but not of it."
Christians love this saying. We take pride in the fact that the earth is not our final resting place. "Heaven is my final home," we often say. But we are slowly losing this sentiment.
Yes, I am sure we know that eventually we will be called "home" (heaven). But now as it stands, are we severing ties to the world (not on some run-to-the-hills, live-in-communes craziness) or are we embracing our current state that we end up embracing all that it offers?
Engaging the Culture
There is often talk about cultural engagement, but could cultural engagement be an excuse for the deliberate desire to indulge in the world's offerings? Would we be comfortable with those whom we respect in the faith being present as we "engaged culture?" Not that man matters, but if we would feel uncomfortable before man, what about the Almighty God, who sees all things?
I go back to the original quote: "From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."
What does scripture say about this relationship?
"For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true). and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." (Ephesians 5:8-11 ESV)
Here's the reality: Christians, we live in a glass house. Everyone else is looking and measuring our faith walk, both Christians and non-Christians. If there is no separation between how we and the world live, what makes this Christian life appealing to anyone else?
I know what causes one man to stumble does not necessarily have the same effect on another. That's why this post is not prescriptive. This subject calls for discernment. We all have to do some soul searching and determine if or where we are trying to live in that nonexistent gray area.
I leave you with this final text:
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." (1 Peter 2:9, 11 ESV)