Worldliness Part -13 / “Its your thang, dowhatchyawanna do”


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 13

Worldliness – its a loaded term, isn’t it? For some of us it is a catchall for
anything we don’t like other Christians doing. Or what is foreign, different or
threatening to our conceptions of what constitutes orthodox beliefs or behaviors.
Often it is the mental checklist by which we measure first ourselves to make
sure our consciences remain unperturbed, and others, so that we can either
approve or disapprove of them. What we need more however is a Biblical
concept of worldliness. What it really means to think like, reason like, value like
and live like those who remain unconverted to Jesus Christ. Fortunately,
passages like Psalm 106 bring such concepts into incredibly sharp focus. No less
than our previous encounters here, verse 25 opens up a piercing view into the
heart and mind in search of worldliness. It sets is laser sight on the 2nd half of
the verse where we read, they “did not obey the voice of the LORD.” Or, to put
it in a word – disobedience. Disobedience. Not a word that’s very popular in
Christian circles today, but it certainly is unambiguous. Sadly, the very idea of
“obeying” has taken on a negative connotation to many. And we must be clear
here – we are not speaking of some blind obedience to a man, ministry, church
or organization – we are speaking of obeying God. Our text is clear – Israel’s
problem was they did not obey the voice of the LORD. In other words, they did
not see His Word – where God speaks most clearly and in a fashion we can pick
up, read, pray about, meditate upon and study through – as having authority in
their lives. Sort of like the Bible is God’s book of suggestions. His collection of
witty sayings, anecdotes, stories and advice – but actual authority? No. That is
left up to the individual. In fact, the Bible speaks to that form of thinking directly
in several places. One of those is in Judges 17:6 where the Scripture says: “In
those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own
eyes.” It then goes on to describe some of the most aberrant, wicked and
violent scenes to be found in Scripture. Men looking to themselves as the
arbiters of truth, and failing to recognize God’s authority and voice is the very
essence of worldliness: Be they Christians, or no.

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One thought on “Worldliness Part -13 / “Its your thang, dowhatchyawanna do”

  1. “…advice – but actual authority? No.”

    These words struck me, catching me by surprise. This is a great point…giving awareness to what I’ll refer to as my own personal, this-is-important/this-is-not, filtration system.

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