Sunday, August 21, 2005

Conformed or transformed?

Mike at Eternal Perspectives shares his own journey from freak to respectable Christian. He then considers Rom. 12:2 and what it means not to be conformed to the world:
The church in general has been domesticated and boiled like the proverbial frog. We may cause some consternation politically from time to time, but we are no threat to the system itself because we have become the system and the system has become us. Our message is about preserving and protecting what we have, not about being willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And Mike drops this truth-bomb:
The church since the Enlightenment has subscribed to and become immersed in modernism; the Emergent church now seeks to move away from modernism and to embrace a postmodern stance. Either way, however, it is simply the church absorbing and being absorbed by the philosophy of the day. One is no better than the other: they are both worldly, only in different ways.
Mike shares his own anguish in seeing how worldiness has invaded his own life. How many of the rest of us, if we were really honest, could say the same?

4 Comments:

Blogger Brian Colmery said...

Hey Milton! Just wanted to drop you a line and encourage you -- your blog is a great blessing to me and I'm sure plenty others. Keep up the good work!

2:09 AM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger ianjmatt said...

Isn't this assuming that it is possible to have a purely 'Christian' philosophy that is neutral of outside influence. I cannot recall that this has ever happened.

3:12 AM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks much, Brian, and glad to see you back posting again. peace.

6:54 AM, August 22, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

ianjmatt, i think Mike was talking not so much about his philosophy as about how he spent his time and money.

6:59 AM, August 22, 2005  

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