Not of This World

I sat back in my chair reading my Bible out on my deck, enjoying the mild October day, and sipping on a vanilla flavored coffee. What could be better? Wait! God had something better for me. A simple revelation. I sat up straight and began to flip through my Bible.

I’ve lived in this world for many, many years and have grown quite accustomed to it. What many people value, the norms we take for granted and teach to our children, “the way things are.”

What I had just read in my Bible was an entirely different message. A stark contrast to the standards in daily life. Since I’m a Christian, I believe the validity and truth of the Bible. I had to get my thinking straight.

For example, the president of the US lives in an enormous house called The White House. Caesar Augustus of Jesus day lived in a palace, but Jesus was born into a stable and eventually was homeless.

To throw a dinner party for one’s boss including a bunch of corporate executives of the same political persuasion then invite an obnoxious political operative of the opposite party would be unthinkable. But Jesus associated with tax collectors who were corrupt government officials hated by His people, the Jews.

These days we see violence, foul language, and threats coming against those who don’t agree with certain political thought. On the other hand, Jesus says to pray for those who persecute you.

If someone accuses you of a crime you didn’t commit, your first reaction is to get revenge. Jesus says love them and pray for them.

Through history, we’ve honored many leaders: Alexander the Great, George Washington, John F. Kennedy. All were valued members of society. Jesus was hated by most and certainly not admired.

The world says watch out for number one at all cost, but the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The Bible says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans, 12:2

I confess, I’ve had to change my way of thinking, to not find it strange that I am turned off by what I see and hear on TV, movies, and conversation of others. I am not superior to others, only saved by God’s grace and of a different world.

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