Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

A Holy People

“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.” (Romans 12:2)

One of the greatest challenges of being a Christian is living in a culture with many negative influences and not to succumb to these influences. Because the culture might adopt something like slavery, racism, sexism, abortion, etc. and say it is ok, does not make it ok. Paul’s command in Romans 12:2 is for Christians to have our minds transformed by the word of God so that we will be able to recognize what is not right. Our ability to do this distinguishes us from the rest of the world and allows us to become the holy community God expects us to be.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to be a light to the world. He expects us to be leaders, not followers. We are to be examples of how to live. We are not to follow the world in ways that demean, devalue, or even destroy human life. If we fail at this, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The call to live as a unique people who resist evil cultural influences is one that God assigned his people from the very beginning. Israel was expected to be unique among the nations. When they began to act like the nations around them, God held them accountable and they were punished.

Cultural influences can be quite strong and influential, but our love for God and his truth should be stronger. This is serious because many of the evil cultural influences we are tempted by cause harm to others. People are enslaved. People are treated as less than human. People are treated as objects and abused. People are even put to death. God will have none of this! We cannot praise God with our lips and then mistreat people who are created in his image. As God’s people, we must love our neighbors no matter what the culture around us is doing.

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