Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
I never thought I’d hear myself lamenting for the return to the “good old days.” Dreaming wistfully about a time that seemed happier and less stressful, simpler and less complicated. I guess I’m old enough for that now.
But the past isn’t always as rosy as our memories make it. I believe much of the nostalgia for the “good old days” stems from selective memory. Our minds tend to latch on to good memories and filter the rest – thankfully. Still, many of us think it would be nice to revert to the goodness we had yesterday. That has never seemed more true than now.
The economic upheaval beginning in 2008 was, in my view, a major event symptomatic of more dangerous changes to come. Many of the events that led to that collapse were cases of deceitfulness and immorality on the part of unscrupulous business practices. Any nation that’s drowning in debt, at war around the world and is in danger of losing global status has lost their moral compass. We’re in trouble. I’m concerned.
I don’t believe in our ability to solve the problems man has created, especially problems of enormous scale such as those our nation faces today. However, I am optimistic about God’s abilities. I don’t think He’s going to swoop in and return us to the “good old days.” Rather, I believe in God’s ability to keep His believers from being conformed to the chaos around us and His ability to transform us and raise us higher as the world sinks lower. I don’t know about you, but I need that protection to endure the intensity of the storms of chaos – today! This world is not our friend.
As Christians we must seek protection from conformity and power to be transformed to be more like Jesus in order to find peace in this life. How can we know if we’re being conformed to the world? Over the past 9 weeks I’ve covered topics in which God has a will for His people: committed to marriage, to the Bible, to understanding the rise of rogue powers on the world stage, to supporting His chosen people, and so on. A Christian who is transformed will study the will of God, live the will of God and love the will of God. They won’t fear the world’s chaos. We will stand as beacons of light, life and hope to all who are tired of being squeezed into the mold of this world. Amen!
May you and I make the choice daily to decide, determine, and discipline ourselves to be living demonstrations of His will.