September 26, 2017

sRomans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Paul wants us to change the way we think because it is our thinking which has led us to copy the behaviors and customs of this world. We are to break free from the world’s or the non-believers way of thinking by letting the Word of God capture our minds. Sadly most American Christians have the same values and behavior patterns as the world around them. For the most part we want to be well fed, well dressed, well educated, well entertained and well left alone to pursue what our heart’s desire.

Here are some words that describe the way the World thinks:

Secularism > this way of thinking says that there is nothing beyond this life. We live in a closed system. So grab for all you can because you only go ’round once in life. The only thing that matters is now. Why worry about the national debt? Which by the way is in the trillions. Let our children take care of it. We are going to enjoy ourselves now because there is no exit from this present world. So the world makes it’s decisions and lives it’s life within the boundaries of this world.

Philippians 3:19 (NLT) — 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.

Humanism > this way of thinking says that everything revolves around man and exists for man’s glory. We call the shots and we make the rules and we only answer to ourselves. You must look out for ‘number one first’.

The 1973 Humanist Manifesto II said, “We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural” and “There is no credible evidence that life survives the death of the body.” Humanism leads to a deification of self and, contrary to what it professes, to an utter disregard for other people. This type of thinking deifies everything but God.

With this type of thinking is it any wonder why we shoot our policemen and our fellow students? Is it any wonder why we kill millions of babies by aborting them? Now you know thinking behind gender issue and sex trafficking.

Daniel 4:30 (NLT) — 30 As he(Nebuchadnezzar) looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’

Genesis 3:5 (NLT) — 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

Relativism > this way of thinking says that there are no absolutes everything is up for grabs; that all points of view are equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual. Here is what Matt Slick from Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry has to say about relativism:

Unfortunately, the philosophy of relativism is pervasive in our culture today.  With the rejection of God, and Christianity in particular, absolute truth is being abandoned.  Our pluralistic society wants to avoid the idea that there really is a right and wrong.  This is evidenced in our deteriorating judicial system that has more and more trouble punishing criminals, in our entertainment media which continues to push the envelope of immorality and indecency, in our schools which teach evolution and “social tolerance,” etc.  In addition, the plague of moral relativism is encouraging everyone to accept homosexuality, pornography, fornication, and a host of other “sins” that were once considered wrong but are now being accepted and even promoted in society.  It is becoming so pervasive that if you speak out against moral relativism and its “anything goes” philosophy, you’re labeled as an intolerant bigot.  Of course, this is incredibly hypocritical of those who profess that all points of view are true, yet reject those who profess absolutes in morality.  It seems that what is really meant by the moral relativists is that all points of view are true except for the views that teach moral absolutes, an absolute God, or absolute right and wrong. 

Isaiah 5:20–21 (NLT) — 20 What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. 21 What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.

Materialism > this way of thinking says is there is any value to be found in life it must be in material terms. So be as healthy as you can, live as long as you can, and amass as much money and stuff as you can. Live the American Dream. Isn’t the majority of our advertising today about health, wealth, fashion, and beauty?

Yikes this is a tough one! I think most of the families that I know, myself included, could furnish another house, another closet, and another garage with all the stuff we have. I am not criticizing but it sure is easy to fall into the materialistic way of thinking isn’t it? Does stuff control me or do I control stuff?

Matthew 16:26 (NLT) — 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

If we don’t consciously think about what we are doing and believing it is easy to adopt the World’s way of thinking and thereby also adopt their way of living. Thankfully we have the Word of God to correct our thinking:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!