by Ken Cooper
There is one truth that remains the same for now and always. That is the truth of Jesus Christ. The truth that He is God’s Son, he was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and was raised in victory on the third day. That truth is absolute and must determine our position on every issue that the Christian has to deal with in our world. Here’s my point. If we are a Christian, we need to look like a Christian to those who are outside of Christ. Sadly, too many “Christians” are indistinguishable from people who are not Christian. We sing, “Take my heart and form it, Take my mind, transform it, Take my will, conform it to Yours, oh, Lord.” on Sunday and Monday we conform to the world around us. It pains me to see so many Christians living their daily lives without any apparent concern for what Jesus would have them do. We have a choice to do our own thing or to do His thing every day. In fact, we have that choice several times every day.
Let me remind you of a scripture that is very important. It’s found in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV). This is a command, not a suggestion. As followers of Jesus we need to give serious thought to what it means to be conformed or transformed in our daily lives. Take, for instance, our political stance. Are we Republican or Democrat? Ask yourself, where do those designations come from, from God or from the world? Both conform to the pattern of this world. It seems to me that we need to take a political stance that is overwhelmingly Christian without conforming to a political party.
What is your stand on the origins of the universe and of life? Do you believe that God created it in 6 literal days or do you believe the evolution myth? The list of things in which we must not conform to the pattern of this world goes on and on. That leads me to this question. Are so many Christians have trouble discerning God’s will for their lives because they are conforming to the pattern of this world rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds? Is the influence and attraction of the world so strong that we care not that we are not being transformed? It’s a matter of faith. It’s a matter of trusting God or trusting man. As for me? I prefer to trust God. His Word, the Bible, has withstood the test of time, the attempts by man to destroy it, and now the efforts to discredit it through human reasoning. But it always is proven true, even by science. And as people of God’s Word and who belong to Him, it must be evident to the world by the way we conduct ourselves in this world that we are without a doubt a Christian.
So, let me put you on the spot. Are you conforming to the world or are you being transformed into the person that God created you to be? Is it obvious to the people with whom you associate that you are a Christian or would they be surprised to find out that you are one? Is your faith in Jesus Christ noticeable? Or do you conform to the pattern of this world and look like everybody else?