This is Not Our Home

This world is starting to feel more and more like a bad movie or a scene from the Twilight Zone with every passing minute. Just in the past few years, I have seen such a shift away from God. This shift has led to more of a divide between culture and religion. The things of this world are being highlighted as good and the things of God are being stereotyped as being bad. You can’t even drive the highway without seeing a billboard that is advertising something that encourages seeking pleasure and to fulfill whatever need you have at that moment. Culture is encouraging us to seek worldly pleasures and God is encouraging us to seek spiritual pleasures. We read in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” We learn that we cannot serve both God and the things of this world, in this verse money. Believers have to make a choice to either give in to this world and leave God in the dust or stand up and stand out in this world because we choose to honor God before all else.

Making the decision to stand for God in this culture does not come easy. There is a feeling of discomfort in being a believer in this culture that is turning towards sinful pleasure. It is uncomfortable to be a believer in this world because we do not belong to this world. Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We don’t feel comfortable here because this is not our home, this is not the place where we are intended to be long term. When God created the world, He intended it to be a paradise where humans would live in communion with Him. When the sin entered the garden it drove a divide into the relationship and the connection was broken. Ever since then our world has been broken and our culture has been drifting further and further away from the world God intended for us to live in. When we strive to live in community with God daily we are going against the ways of the world. It is painful because we are beginning to heal by putting the broken pieces back together, we begin to see the image of what God really intended for us.