Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (II Corinthians 6:17)

How does the world measure you as a Christian? Many times our Pastor has encouraged us from the pulpit to come out of the world and be different. We are called to be different! In today’s text, Paul is telling the Corinthians not to fellowship with the things of Belial (Satan). (II Corinthians 6:15) How could Christians be fellowshipping with the things of Satan? WHAT could Christians be doing that could be associated with Satan?

Not everything we do and say is the devil’s fault. You’re heard the old saying, “The devil made me do it.” Not necessarily so. It is by our own will that we sin, many times. We can put ourselves in situations that cause us to sin or get further into sin. Let’s look at some areas where we can learn to protect ourselves or “keep” ourselves from:

My Mouth: Do I use slang for curse words? Everyone knows what curse word I was intending to use by using its slang. Am I causing the hearer to “think” of the actual cuss word? The slang, therefore, is just as bad as using the actual word! Am I always complaining? Everyone hates a complainer. Each time I open my mouth and complain, I cause someone to dislike being around me. Why would I want to chase my friends and family away? My mouth should be filled with words of wisdom and encouragement to those around me so they can see Christ, not hate the sound of His name because of my complaining. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life. (Proverbs 10:11)

My Appearance: Why should I wear the same clothes as the world? Shouldn’t I be different? If the world goes to church in jeans, why should I? Doesn’t God deserve my “Sunday best” all the time? If the world wears revealing tops and tight skirts, does that mean it’s OK for me to wear them? What if a weaker Christian sees me “dress down” for church – will that weaker Christian think it’s OK for her to do it? Paul says “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (I Corinthians 8:9)

My Music: Does the music I listen to deal with Godly things? Or is it the world’s music filled with lyrics dealing with sex? One would be surprised at the content of Christian’s iPod. If my sister in Christ has been struggling with worldly music and hears the kind of music I listen to, will this cause her to think that it’s OK for her to continue to listen to worldly music? Will she be encouraged toward Godly music because of what I listen to? Some weaker Christian is always watching. (I Corinthians 8:13)

My Books: Do the books I read come from the world? Are they romance novels, popular top 10 readers’ choices filled with sex and cursing? What if my brother in Christ sees me reading one of these books. Will he think it’s OK for him to do so since his Christian friend is reading it? Or are my books the kind that will help him to grow in Christ and mature as a Christian? (Matthew 18:9) Today’s reading media has advanced to eReaders, such as the Nook and Kindle. What kind of books are on yours?

My Habits: Do the things I watch on TV have Godly principles? Or are they filled with sex, violence, drugs, etc.? Does my sister in Christ see the things I watch and figure it’s OK for her to do so as well? A few years ago, I once overheard one of the church ladies talking to a group of other ladies about an episode she watched the night before on Desperate Housewives. Based on the commercials alone, no Christian should be watching this type of programming! Yet this lady watched this weekly show faithfully and loved it. Something is wrong there. First, she was feeding herself with sin – she, personally, was not committing adultery (or any other sin shown on this program), but she was standing by watching. Second, she was sharing these sins with other Christian ladies. The sad thing is that she may have caused someone in her group to stumble spiritually. A weaker Christian could interpret that action to be that it’s OK to watch such trashy programming just as long as you don’t actually commit the sin. (Matthew 5:28) The word of God says differently. This lady has no idea that she may have caused another to stumble repeatedly because of her actions. Sadly, her daughters watched this wretched show with her. Instead of recognizing things of Belial and staying away, she succumbed and took her daughters with her.

My testimony is all I have on this earth to show others the way to Christ. My testimony is ALL I will take with me when I get to Heaven. Everyone there will then know just what kind of Christian I really was. OUCH!  (Matthew 10:26) What about our families? No wonder it is so hard for our family members to get saved! They see us just exactly as we are … we walk like the world, talk like the world, and dress like the world … but yet we preach Christ. Such hypocrisy. 🙁

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and water rolls off its back like a duck, then it must be a duck.” What a great saying! Therefore, if a Christian walks like the world, talks like the world, and dresses like the world … then the Christian must be of the world.

Lord forgive us our sins and weaknesses. Help us to live more Godly lives for YOUR cause so we may be testimonies for You and not against You!!

1 Comment

  1. Most of those rated me more towards the world. That’s sad

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