2 Corinthians 6:14-18 can guide us in making a decision as to whether we need to separate ourselves from worldly influences or try to blend in. We are called to be witnesses unto Christ. Can Christians effectively witness by blending in?
Witnessing is about being an influence on others by the way we live. If Christians are always trying to blend in with the world then how are they showing a different lifestyle? How are Christians showing a better way to live in Christ if they are trying to live like the world? Of what value is their life and testimony to the Lord?
Followers of Christ are not called to compromise their lifestyle but separate it from the things of the world. This does not mean isolating ourselves from unbelievers but it does mean living a lifestyle that testifies of Christ and glorifies Him.
2 Corinthians 6:17 states the idea (actually a command) that we need to come out from among them (meaning the world and its influence) and be separate. Can we pick and choose where that applies in our lives? Has God given us the authority to decide what to separate from and what to blend in with?
Apparently many have taken it upon themselves to decide these matters for God. Yet 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 seems to make it pretty clear that believers are to separate from all worldly ways and influence. What does that mean? It means we need to think about whether or not our lifestyle caters to the sins of the world or illustrates the righteousness of God.
What about the way we dress and the thoughts our attire creates? Are they good thoughts or sinful thoughts? What about our conversations and the jokes we tell or listen too? Do they bring honor to God? What about the places we go and the atmosphere that surrounds those places? Do these places allow you to blend in more to worldly ideas and pleasures or stand out as a believer in Christ and His Word?
We can make all the excuses we want as to why we dress the way we do, why we listen to the jokes that are told and why we go to certain places to have fun. However will those excuses be acceptable to the Lord when we stand before Him to give an account of our lives?
Christians have been called to separate from the world and its influence. To be a proper witness of Christ we need this separation to show a difference. Without this separation we are just blending in. What value does blending have to the Lord? Absolutely none!
Where do you stand today? Are you separating or are you blending?