Updated: Feb 4
There are many passages stated in the Bible about how we are called to conform not to the ways of the world, but to the will of God.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
"If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Most of the time God's will and the teachings that we are called to live by may not align with what the majority is doing. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”
As moral principles and ethics can change any day with what society decides or chooses to believe what is right, the teachings of the faith do not. We can live our lives with a clear mind and purpose once we choose to follow the truth because your decisions will not be swayed by who others want you to be, but who God wants you to be. As we know "Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible", God calls us to take up our cross daily and do what is right even if it is the more difficult path to chose.
It's important to remember your faith is something that can't be taken away from you by someone else. Even though Jesus was rejected by the majority and crucified for standing for the truth, his faith remained in doing God the Father's will and proved to be right in the end. So we must place our faith and living a life for God above all else and glorify Him in anything that we do.
As the world's view of right and wrong continues to change and be more and more subjective, it is important to stand firm in your beliefs and focus on the things that will lead your soul in the right direction. Do not let peer pressure or standing alone in your faith prevent you from living it out fully. Think of the sacrifices that Jesus made and how we can apply this mindset to our life in letting go of living for pleasures or to feel accepted by the world. Each day we must make the choice to live in the world, but not by the values of it. Follow God each day and hope others might see the light through your positive actions and strong faith.
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