“In” But Not Of”

01 Feb

“In” But Not Of”

2 Corinthians 6:17: “Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.”

This past Sunday evening, Christian singer Natalie Grant and Mandisa made national headlines. Natalie Grant attended at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and decided to walk out. Mandisa chose not to attend at all. Their decisions were based upon their commitment to Jesus and the uncomfortable emotions they felt prior to and during the awards show.

For those of you who do not know, pop star Katy Perry (who grew up in a Pentecostal home) played the part of a witch, and she was surrounded by dancers dressed up as demons. The atmosphere in the auditorium was certainly not that of a church service, that much is for sure.

How much should a Christian participate in the culture of this world? Should followers of Jesus buy and listen to non-Christian music? Should we party in bars, drink alcoholic beverages with our lost friends and dance to popular music with them? Should we use the same slang words and speak about sexuality out in the open? How much should we be “in the world” without being “of the world?”

For many Christians, this subject represents a daily struggle between right and wrong, good and evil. What does the Bible have to say about it?

The Bible could not be clearer. Paul instructed the believers in Corinth not to have “fellowship” with unbelievers. He warned them against idol worship and spiritual darkness. Pulling a quote from the Old Testament, he spoke the words of God directly, commanding them to “come out” from the rest of the world and be separated to God. He told them not to “touch” unclean things.

As Christians, we cannot totally separate ourselves from contact with this world of evil. We can however, be in it but not of it. We should not have “one foot in” and “one foot out”. Either we follow Jesus, and are holy, or we follow the devil. We cannot and should not do both. Mandisa and Natalie Grant both made very wise decisions. Good for them!

Father, I am totally committed to you. While I am in this world, I choose not to be part of it. I will not have fellowship with the devil and his people. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer


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