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January 26, 20120 Comments
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The infamous words “Separation of Church and State” have been repeated, mistreated, and also misused.  It’s come to mean a “white-washing” of all public places from any mention of religion or anything suggesting God.  While these infamous words are not in the constitution, guess what, they’re not in the Bible either.  However, what the Bible is very clear on is the separation of the church and the world! One of the words used for world in the greek is Kosmos, it means orderly arrangement, decoration, by implication the world.  This is the same word used in 1John 2:15, where its stated “not to love the world”.

The Church in the World

It was said of the Apostle’s that they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).  It can simply be said that towns and villages were not the same when they came.  Not only did they stand out, they stood up- to speak about another King, whose name is Jesus.  It seems as if the Church of today is just trying to fit in, assimilate, not draw attention to herself, and in the most cost efficient, least invasive, non offensive way save a few.

Even in our speech things have changed.  We don’t mention words like the world, the lost, and sinners.  Words that spoke of their being a difference between the church and the world.  If you question this,  just reflect on the sermons and books you have read lately.  Even theology has  bent to this slant, calling saints sinners! However, if there’s not supposed to be a difference between the Church and the world, the cross is the biggest hoax ever.  Because its Jesus and His Cross that changed history and that’s suppose to be the change in you and me!

Barna and Baucham have done the research, unfortunately the results are conclusive and also condemning.  The Church is living the same as the world.  Church attendance, how we raise our kids, how many children we have, time spent at home doing anything religious, goals in life, priorities in life, yep there all pretty much the same. I haven’t seen a report on this, but how about dependence on God, living by faith not by sight.

Who loses?The Church or the World 

There is a question that begs to be asked and it needs to be answered.  If the Church lives the same as the world, who loses?  The Church or the World?  Its obvious, we do, the Church loses.  The writer of the book of Hebrews said that Jesus is a mediator of a better Covenant, with better promises (Heb 8:6)!  These are promises to His Church, these are guarantees that He gave to His followers, His called out ones.  These promises are better than what they had in the Old Testament, and they pertain to this life and the one to come. But if we the Church live ignorant of them, or ignoring them it’s like a prince living as a pauper in his own country.

One of my favorite passages in the bible is in the Old Testament.  It’s one that keeps me depending on God, it’s one that reminds me of my separation from the world.

“And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?”(Isa 8:19 NKJV Emphasis added)

When I have the option to live as if I don’t have a God, I remember this scripture.  When people come with good advice, but it’s not Godly, I remember this passage.  When I have the choice to live as if God has not promised Himself to me as my Father, I remember this verse.  The New Covenant as stated in Hebrews, is God promising Himself to us, His Church.  “…I will be their God and they will be my people” (Heb 8:10).

The Church living as the world has to be the savor less salt Jesus mentioned.  You can try to moralize this, and come up with a list of “do’s and don’ts”, “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, but that misses the point just as raw lasciviousness does.  I’ll say it like this, God’s called us to Himself, to be our God (with all the promises and benefits God has), and for us to be His people!  If you would live differently after you won 15 million on the Powerball, then life definitely has to be different, after the Creator of the world becomes your Father!

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