Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Are you a misfit in this world?

Do you feel as though you do not fit in to the world around you?  Do you always seem to be on the "opposite" side of the fence, or in the minority when having discussions about moral and ethical topics?  Do the things that the world runs after seem empty in your view?

Yesterday, I spoke about one's worldview, or vision.  In other words, how we see, understand, and interpret the world around us.  If one sees the world as what many scientists theorize as a "cosmic accident, then we view the world as undefined and without purpose.  then this individual must set out to make their own definition, to assign their own purpose for which the world exists.
 If, on the other hand we see the world as that which has been designed by a grand Creator, and by that Creator,  assigned an order and purpose, then we view, understand, and interpret the world according to how it lines up with the Designer's  intention.
 The first is called a secular worldview, and the other is called a theistic worldview.

For the sake of brevity, specifically, those who believe the Bible to be the word of God, and Jesus Christ as the exact representation of God, Incarnate, we are learning to see the world, to understand the world, to interpret the world with a Biblical worldview.  We are convinced that by God's grace, through faith, He has made Himself, His designs, and His purpose(s) known to His people---
those who trust in Christ as the crucified, resurrected, and returning Savior.

And herein is the reason why the true Christian does feel like a misfit in this world.  He is an alien, a stranger, one who is living in a world that denies that she has any real value other than what she assigns to herself.  The Genuine Christian can speak God's word of purpose, love, and dignity concerning all things created, while the world is stuck seeking to find meaning to life, while scientists cannot even determine the definition of life--never mind trying to define when life begins!

And so, the Christian is living, as Jesus told us, in a difficult way.  He said that we are "in the world, but not of the world."  Jesus said "If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own."

Be encouraged today O believer, if you are swimming against the current of immorality, in a world that is seeking to be her own God, defining her own existence, and denying the Creator Who made them, denying the Savior Who shed His blood for them, and refusing Him Who is calling out to them with tears through the proclamation of the gospel.  Be encouraged!  For you are in the grandest of company!  Jesus is swimming in you, and through you, against the evil current, and will surely accompany you, through The Holy Spirit, all the way home, safe, and unharmed, into His presence, forever!