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Do not love the world?

10 Jul

The warning not to love the world means not to be infatuated with the values and lifestyles of the dominion of darkness and not to long after or indulge in its sinful pleasures and passions.  We are vulnerable to the enticing allure of sinful values and activities of the world.  We must recognize that the world is not a neutral place, but one that worships and serves other gods.

Some Christians interpret the command not to love the world to mean that we must draw away from evil and separate ourselves from non-Christians, their evil culture, and their evil government in all aspects of life—physically, geographically, socially, and spiritually.  But if we do this, we refuse to emulate the lifestyle of Jesus, who regularly ate and drank with tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:10-11; 11:19; Luke 5:30; 15:1-2; 19:7).

The bottom-line question is, “Do we as Christians influence sinners toward Jesus or do they influence us toward their sinful values and practices?”

Mark Driscoll, Vintage Church, pg. 214

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Loving Either Darkness or Light

10 Oct

“And that’s the tricky thing about life, really, that the things we want most will kill us.”
 
 
October 19th Donald Miller is coming to Grace Community Church (Grace Centre) in Mills River on his A Million Miles in a Thousand Years book tour. I had never heard of him until about a week or so ago, and I started reading his book Blue Like Jazz Thursday. I am on chapter eight out of twenty, and am loving it so far. I would like to finish the book before I go see him on the 19th, although the tour is for his newest book. 

Today as I was reading through the book, I came to a part that talked about loving either darkness or loving light: 

And that’s the tricky thing about life, really, that the things we want most will kill us. Tony the Beat Poet [his friend] read me this ancient scripture recently that talked about loving either darkness or loving light, and how hard it is to love light and how easy it is to love darkness. I think that is true. Ultimately, we do what we love to do. I like to think that I do things for the right reasons, but I don’t, I do things because I do or don’t love doing them. Because of sin, because I am self-addicted, living in the wreckage of the fall, my body, my heart and my affections are prone to love things that kill me. Tony says Jesus gives us the ability to love the things we should love, the things of Heaven. 

Man. How true is that? Because of our sin, we are so prone to love darkness. Without Jesus giving us the ability to love the things we should, the things that we want most really will kill us. Maybe not necessarily physically, but spiritually.

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