The World Will Never Understand Christians

Many Christians spend an inordinate amount of time being concerned with what the sinful world thinks about how we live.

We seek to please and appease the world so they will like us. We adapt to their language, dress, entertainment and methods, so they will not mock us.

Accordingly, we have lost our focus.

Paul become “all things to all men” (1 Corinthians 9:221 Corinthians 9:22
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22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.

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, NKJV). However, he did not mean that we should place the things of the world above God. When we emulate the world, and model their lives, we stand in stark contrast to God’s will.

We enter Christ when we are baptized into his body, the Church (Acts 2:38,47Acts 2:38,47
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved.

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; Ephesians 1:22-23Ephesians 1:22-23
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22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

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; Romans 6:3-4Romans 6:3-4
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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; 1 Corinthians 12:131 Corinthians 12:13
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.

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; Galatians 3:27Galatians 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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). When we are in Christ, we have left the world behind and live in a new kingdom, where our daily goal is to bring glory to Christ (Ephesians 3:20-4:1Ephesians 3:20-4:1
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20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen. 4 1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,

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The world hates Christ and put him to death (John 15:18-25John 15:18-25
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18 If the world hateth you, ye know that it hath hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

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). It is completely antithetical to the goodness of God. In fact, we are not even to be in fellowship with darkness (Ephesians 5:11Ephesians 5:11
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11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;

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; cf. Galatians 1:8-10Galatians 1:8-10
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8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. 9 As we have said before, so say I now again, if any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema. 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? or am I striving to please men? if I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.

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“If we say that we have fellowship with Him [Christ], and walk in darkness [Satan] we lie and not practice the truth” ( 1 John 1:61 John 1:6
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6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

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). God is light and “in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:51 John 1:5
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5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

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). We are to be “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27James 1:27
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27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

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“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 1:151 John 1:15
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). The things of the world have no place in the kingdom.

Christians are saved out of the world, so why would we want to go back there and be a lite-version of what we were prior to salvation? If we are a little less profane, immodest and promiscuous than the world, it does not make us godly, it makes us pretenders (Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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We must seek to please God more than anything else and always walk in the light, where Christ resides.

The world will hate us, mock us and do anything it can to pull us away from God. They will never understand why we live as we do. Therefore, we have no reason to place the things of the world above Christ. Be what God desires and the rest will take care of itself.

–by Richard Mansel

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