Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers….
How do the people of God come under the influence of the counsel of the ungodly?
It is everywhere around us, from financial counsellors to marriage counselors – from news programs to TV entertainment – from public school teachers to political figures. The trinity of pagan gods – Mars, Venus, and Mammon – clamor for our attention as violence in war or entertainment, promiscuous sexual activity or porn, and the greed for money and possessions.
When we stand at the water cooler with our coworkers and absorb their world view almost by osmosis, we are not being transformed by the renewing of our minds through the Holy Spirit given to the children of God.
Second century Christians even avoided the games and would be shocked at how avidly we follow professional sports. Think about it. Why do people watch football? Is it the cheerleaders with large breasts and hips but very narrow waists? Or is it the violence of the game? We know that TV, the owners, and players all are greedy for money – as are the advertisers. This is so much a part of our Culture that it almost unamerican for a male above the age of 10 not to be a fan of the NFL.
This is but one example of how we are sucked into the vortex of the culture of the day. Other examples abound from the day time “soaps” to the schoolyard playground. Peer pressure affects much more than teenagers. We all have a desire not to stand out too much from the crowd, unless it is to stand out in the esteem of the crowd.
But God calls us to a different life, a life of seeking him, his kingdom, and his righteousness. He says to us, “Be holy, for I am holy.” As his children we are to be like him, not in the power he possesses, but in the character he exemplifies, the character Jesus modeled for us while he was on earth and saying to those whom he called, “If any man would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
To enable us to do this, he puts his Holy Spirit within us to give us a new heart, a new mind, and a new counselor who will guide us in his ways – ways of love that forgives those who sin against us and of love for God that says to him, “what do I have on earth but Thee?” – and means it sincerely.
But God calls us to a different life.
Source: Committed to Truth
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