Godly Living In an Unholy Culture

The New Testament warns Christians about being unequally yoked together in marriage with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14).  And we see similar warnings in the Old Testament.

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.  Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.  Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.  This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire.  For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.”Deuteronomy 7:1-6

When I read this passage, it jumps out at me how much God insists on the purity of His people, lest they be led astray by other cultures and gods.  And the reaction that we should have toward the influence of these other cultures is radical – the Israelites were to smash the altars of other cultures, and burn their wooden gods in the fire.  This is no small response to the influence of idols – it represents a total casting off of the temptations of an ungodly culture.

And shouldn’t we be the same in our approach to godly living?  When given the opportunity to live for Christ and reject the influence of outside forces, shouldn’t we be total and absolute?

I think I need to go visit my college album collection.

P.S. – the picture above is reportedly of a group in Nigeria burning their idols and items of witchcraft.


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