“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.” Exodus 34:12
In the current culture climate, Christians are often accused of being uncouthed. An individual who unapologetically adheres to the teaching of Scripture can easy be label as a bigoted, judgmental, bible-thumper or as an old-fashioned, foolish, simple extremist Christian. Consequently, many denomination, churches, and individuals have traded their supposed obsolete doctrine for a contemporary, modern theology. This modernizing of Christianity has at best muddied and muddled the church’s understanding of doctrine and more than likely produced a set of belief that is contrary to sound biblical exegesis.
So, what is a Christian to do? Should we be so unwilling to change to the point that we chose the path of the Amish and the Mennonite, separating ourselves largely from the culture? Should we become those who are willing to use worldly philosophies to inform our interpretation the bible? Are we just to resign ourselves to an vague, ambiguous faith, loosely based on the Bible.
The answer to all these is NO! We are to be those who are holy. If you ask any of the students who I have the privilege to teach about what it means to be holy, they will state that it means to set apart for the purposes of God. Church, let us not be so rigid in our tradition that we do not present God’s Gospel in a culturally relevant way yet let us be those who are distinctly different from the flawless which surrounds us. Let us be those who adhere to the true old-time religion… the religion made clear in only source of truth, the Holy Bible. Church let us be ever vigilant, so we do not settle with the ways of the land in which we live for those will ensnare. Let us follow the ways of where we are going, for in them we will find true freedom.