It’s always a challenge to live in the world without becoming like the world. Kim read me this quote, and it is an awesome thought:

We become worldly not by engaging with the world but by allowing it to shape our thinking. Steve Turner, Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts

As Believers, it is a struggle to see the line where the shift begins to occur. As you are living life, you are not often considering how the world is “shaping your thinking.” As I struggled with this, some questions hit me:

  • Where has a shift occurred in my thinking that’s not healthy in my relationship with Christ?
  • How much influence does media have on my mind?
  • Is there someone who can directly speak into my life and challenge my thinking (that I will listen too)?
  • How do I recognize that the Christ in me is being clouded by the culture or the “shift”?

I want to engage the world, but I do not want to become like the world. I want to be the salt and light that Jesus spoke of. This is a tough one.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

How do you maintain the balance of “engaging the world” but not allowing it to “shape your thinking”?

  1. Kyle Gilbert on Tuesday 2, 2009

    This can be challenging at times – seeking to follow after Christ and being immersed in His love and His church while not allowing our guardedness push us toward a fear of change.

    Read a great blog post yesterday that challenged me about this:

    “If it ain’t broke, break it.

    In other words, change. Just to change. That may sound like an odd statement, but it’s vital. Why? Because change is the guts of creativity.

    We all want to be creative. But to do that, in any venue of life, we have to be willing to change. Something. Anything. And we have to do it before we need to do it. ”

    Here’s the full post:

  2. Josh on Tuesday 2, 2009

    @kylegilbert It really is a tough line to walk and that’s a great thought integrating it with change! I read that post – a great one!

  3. Chris Hill on Tuesday 2, 2009

    I think the shift is always occurring. Romans 12:2: “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.” The “be conformed” and the “be transformed” stands out to me.

    Just as the shift of being conformed to this world happens daily, so can the transformation by renewal of our minds. The renewal has to be a daily event and God has promised us that his grace and mercy are new every morning.

    On another side of the spectrum though, we have to remember that just because we’re not of the world, we’re still in it. I’ve seen too many people place themselves in a “religious bubble” and lose their saltiness all the same.

    Great post! Got me thinking today!


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