Isolated, But Not Alone

by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
smileytop.jpgNo one really wants to be alone. People will find a way to have friends or associates, real or imagined. We will do what we must to secure them so we will feel whole again.
Consciously or subconsciously, we become more like what we admire. They become the standard of how we are to conduct our lives.
Christians are isolated from the world (John 17:11-19). Some cannot handle this reality and seek to remedy the situation. They will look admiringly at the denominational world and become increasingly envious. In their minds, something clicks and they begin to develop a new worldview.
As they become envious of the denominational world, they become more like Israel in 1 Samuel 8. They desired a king so they could be like all the other nations around them. God says to Samuel, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7, NKJV).
Israel changed their standard, just as brethren are doing today when they admire the denominations. They slowly and unconsciously reorient their beliefs so they will be in line with the new standard, that is, the denominational world.
They are tired of being embarrassed and mocked by the so-called enlightened of the religious world. It is too emotionally taxing to appear to be narrow-minded. Hence, they apologize for their brethren and play word games with their beliefs so they can become socially acceptable.
Holiness and the Scriptures become objects of resentment as their parameters become too restrictive. They begin to rationalize that they need freedom, not rules. When, in actuality, they have replaced Christ as their role model and God’s Word is no longer comfortable anymore.
Christians are, by definition, different and strange, when compared with the world (1 Peter 1:16). This is the whole idea of being in Christ. “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). We are to be crucified to the world, not immersed in it (Galatians 6:14).
We are to be different because we have Christ as our Lord. We are to be sanctified by truth and how we put these truths into practice (John 17:17; Ephesians 4:1).
When we compromise truth or our Christian walk, we are on the path to abdicating our sanctification. If we are no longer sanctified, then we are no longer in Christ and we have become just like the world; lost and without Christ.
Christians will always be set apart from the world if they are walking in the light (1 John 1:5-6). It is how we handle this isolation from the world that will decide our eternal destiny (Matthew 25:46).
Our fellowship with the saints in Christ, the extraordinary blessings in him and the presence of Christ, makes us realize that we are the normal ones. We are the role models, not the sinful world. Let’s relax and enjoy the great fellowship!

One Reply to “Isolated, But Not Alone”

  1. Your writing reminds me of Wesley’s Arminian view minus the blanket prejudice against all denominations and the believers who worship within them.If I was searching I would sift out the denominational anger and keep your wisdom on difference and sanctification.
    Peace in Christ

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