Is it possible that most individuals look and act so much like the world that no one realizes they maintain the name of Christian? I continually reflect on the person of Lot, Abraham's nephew. When Abraham and Lot's left their homeland headed for Canaan, eventually their flocks and families became so numerous that strife began between the herdsmen of both men, Abraham, in Chapter 13 of Genesis, suggests they separate and go into different parts of the region. Abraham offered Lot the first choice of land and Lot chose the well-watered and beautiful landscape of the Jordan Valley. Abraham went towards Canaan.
As the story continues Lot makes his way closer and closer to the City of Sodom until he is actually living IN the City of Sodom. Really, Lot? After all the lessons your uncle has taught you about staying away from idol worship and the gods of other nations, you have moved INTO the City of Sodom? Not a good idea, Lot. A great deal of desensitizing is happening in Lot's life and his commitment to the Lord.
We might find ourselves getting caught up into the world's snares, thought processes or lifestyles without realizing we are straying too far from the fold. The world draws us in and because whatever we are doing is of the world, there isn't anyone to hold us accountable, or we certainly aren't listening to anyone who disagrees with our worldly action. After all, everyone we hang out with is doing the same things, right?
Beth Moore addresses a similar issue in the Esther study that I mentioned last week. Here's what Beth wrote:
"We're much like them. We too can become so steeped in our culture that we are almost indistinguishable from the world. We too can lose our sense of identity and forget who we are. Indeed, the fact that we can hide our Christianity assumes a certain amount of assimilation. I believe one of God's purposes in this journey is to help us recapture both our identity and identification as His children -- not so we can be obnoxious but so we can be influential."
Father God, help us to stand strong in the face of worldly temptation and those who seek to discredit us. May we shine as beautiful flowers among the weeds of this world to be an example to the great cloud of witnesses that are watching each day. May the wisdom, grace and mercy of our Almighty Father rain down upon us so that we may carry on the work you have for us to do and win souls for the Kingdom of God! Amen!