“That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” (1 Th. 2:12)
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says as current and future Christians that we are to be the light of the world…that a city on a hill cannot be hid, and that a lit candle is placed on a candlestick (lampstand)…not under a “bushel”…to give light to all who are inside the house.
This implies that Christians are to be different…but in what way? In the way of demeanor, attitudes, tone and tenor, and character…not “conforming to this world” (Rom. 12:2).
Paul says of the Jews of his day: “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written” (Rom. 2:24). The Jews were supposed to be the light to the Gentiles, showing them the way to the one, true, living God and away from polytheistic idol-worship. Instead the Jews were worldly-minded in the worst way (Jn. 8:32; 11:48). They were bound by horizontally conventional, worldly thinking…not having journeys of faith like Abraham…not following in the heritage and footsteps of the great men and women of faith in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament).
What this has to say to Spirit-born Christians today is that we are not supposed to be living in the reactive mode in the zone of worldly conventional thinking. We are not supposed to be merely responding to whatever comes our way in life in conformity to the current social paradigm of random, chance-driven progress based upon the slowly dissolving and disappearing theory of Darwinian naturalistic evolution…unfortunately still pervasive in our modern culture.
God has detailed and specific life-scripts to procure our eternal happiness through the cross and the resurrection…His cross and our cross…above and beyond human imagination or literary invention.
What is more whimsical and irrational…to place our faith and trust in the God who crafted the extraordinary biblical narrative stories of faith…fully formed, premeditated, and ready to step into right out of the box…no tools required…or to culturally conform to a system based upon random chance that by definition has no foresight, no expectations, no goals, no purpose, no meaning, no end-point to aim for and thus no path to get there?
The undirected relativism of post-modernism pervasive in our culture has the potential to go in meaningless circle…leading nowhere. A God-composed journey of faith life-script for Spirit-born Christians today is intended to craft us into becoming the light of the world…a very specific outcome. This is one goal of the Christian life in the danger zone of faith.