Everywhere you look, there is division these days, with people slinging mud at one another, even driving wedges between families. How can Christians avoid being dragged down in the muck? Tips for keeping your spirit clean.
An old classic comedy from 1965 is filled with timeless humor from Blake Edwards of “Pink Panther” fame, an Oscar-winning film entitled “The Great Race,” starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Natalie Wood. In one of the film’s funniest scenes, there is a massive pie fight. Yet, through it all (until the very end), Tony Curtis – always dressed in white throughout the film – manages to walk through this confectionery sling-fest while not getting a single drop of dessert on his pristine, snow-colored, head to toe clothing.
This is what it’s like for Christians today, trying to keep their spirit unsoiled while projectiles are coming from every direction.
In reality, we’re way beyond pie fights – it’s much more like vicious mudslinging. We find ourselves in the midst of a cultural war, and where society is trying to go is in direct opposition to Christian values.
To adapt and change with the changing world or hold your ground? That is the question all Christians face.
If you stand your ground and hold to the teachings of the Bible, the dilemma for the Christian is how to stay true to walking with God in the midst of this mud fight without letting it affect us and soil our thoughts.
How do we prevent the world from tainting our mindset? How do we not let others anger us to the point of losing the love we have been taught in Christ?
Simple. Keep going back to the source.
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,”
– Hebrews 3:1
We don’t account to society – we account to God. We are justified through our belief in His son Jesus Christ.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”
– Hebrews 4:13-14
The Bible is the source of everlasting truth. All wrongdoing is exposed and can’t be hidden from God. Neither belief nor unbelief escapes His eye.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
– Hebrews 4:15
Jesus knows what humans experience – He experienced it for Himself. Yet, He did not concede to the world of the temptations of the devil. He remained steadfast in righteousness.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
– Hebrews 4:16
Christ is our example that should fill us all with confidence. No matter our mistakes, no matter what happens in this life, through our faith, we will receive God’s mercy and grace to receive the gift of eternal life. Our allegiance is not to the world and its whims – but to the infinite holiness of God and His laws.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
– Hebrews 13:8
Always remember that Jesus Christ and God’s word is unchanged and everlasting. This is one reason all Christians should be wary when someone comes along with new interpretations of the gospel or proposes to make changes in church tradition.
When you feel challenged by the world, read the Bible for yourself, focusing on Christ and God’s word, finding comfort in its truth and stability.