If you can’t beat them, join them…

We are all familiar with the phrase.  And yet it can be one of the most dangerous things for a Christian to think.  Living in the world is difficult.  What we hear Monday — Saturday seems to be in direct contrast to what we study in God’s Word together as the body of Christ on Sunday.  It is difficult for us to stand firm in the midst of opposition and even at times ridicule.  Some days it can be easier just to think, if you can’t beat them join them.

I wonder at times if the world sees what is most important to me by how I live my life day to day.  Do I stand out enough from the world?  Or do I tend to just melt into the world?  One thing I cannot do is compartmentalize my faith.  I cannot say that my faith is only important to me on Sunday morning, or when I pray before a meal, or when I read my Bible at home.  But I need to attempt to live out my faith the rest of the time.

And yet there is that struggle with sin.

Romans 7:18-19, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”  

There is nothing wrong with acknowledging the sin within me, and the battle with sin I face.  I need to continue to strive to repent of my sin.  There is something wrong when I think I can partake in all the world’s speech and entertainment and I don’t acknowledge that as sin.

Colossians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 

Taking every thought captive is easier said than done, but it is better than joining others in sin.  Look for areas in your life this week where you are not taking every thought captive to obey Christ.  Look for those areas that do not reflect the faith you profess.  And let us all repent where we see sin and continue to look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.