Elder's Encouragement

 

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.

It’s not easy to not be conformed to this world. 

According to one source, the French pastor, theologian, and reformer of the mid-1500s, John Calvin, thought it was so hard to not be transformed to this world that he would often preach eight times a week, and some times more. He believed that only being exposed to God’s word once or twice a week did little to resist the relentless diet of false illusions emanating from the world. He was persuaded that Christians needed all the time they could give to hearing God’s word. [1] Of course back then there weren’t many copies of the Scriptures around yet, so hearing is how a person got it.

If Calvin thought there was a relentless diet of false illusions in the 16thcentury, I wonder what he would think about the relentless diet of false illusions in the United States in the 21stcentury. TV programing and commercials. Sex and violence from one end to the other. Radio and it’s music. Songs about suicide and murder and drugs and sex. The internet. Oh my, you can find any kind of evil thought on there. Anything you can imagine. Social media where people tell each other every move they make in an effort to be thought highly of. 

What are we to do with all this? It seems so overwhelming. Shall we all become hermits so we can separate ourselves from the world, or wear a black hat and a bonnet and live in a time past? Even though folks who do such things may have the best of intentions, I don’t think so. The devil’s game has always been to take things that were intended for good, like TV, radio, internet, and social media, then twist and contaminate them and use them for his evil purposes. No I think Calvin’s advice is still good for today. We need to saturate our lives with God’s word daily. On the internet at “Bible Gateway”, there are 59 English versions of God’s word. Find one you like and saturate your life with it.

2Peter 1:3-4, 1John 2:15-17, Philippians 2:12-16, James 3:17-18, John 16:33, 

1John 4:1-4, 1Corinthians 10:13,

Jack Meehan

Elder

[1] – “The Gospel Shaped Life” by Ian Hamilton, page33

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