It is not the will of God that we “Christianize” the things of the world so that we can bring them into the Church and call them good. God does not want or need worldly things in His kingdom.
2 Corinthians 6:14 -18 (ESV)
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Lead Them Out
What God wants is for us to lead people out of this world by bringing them to Jesus that they might be saved from the judgment that already rests upon them and this world.
Do not call worldly things that you’ve attached the name of Jesus to as clean for they are not clean.
God has set a High Standard for Christians
Just look at the accounting by God of the churches in the book of Revelation (chpt 1-3). God has not lowered the bar that He set for Israel, His chosen people. They were called into account when they failed to be obedient so why should the wild branches that He has chosen to graft into the true vine be measured by a different standard. No! All His fruit is measured the same.
When we pray God looks at the righteousness of Jesus. When we petition He looks at the blood of His only begotten. When we sin He looks at the scars of Jesus. But our standard is our obedience to the commands of Jesus for that is how we show our love. And in our love for God’s only begotten we find the same mercy that He has continually extended to His chosen people and His royal priesthood.
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