Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” NKJV
Much is said in today’s political world and even in religious circles about Compromise. There are some things in both those arenas where compromise is not acceptable and, in this passage, we find one of those cases. Our objective and desire should be to become like Christ not accepted by the world.
Notice the apostle Paul is telling the Roman Christians that they are to present their bodies as “living sacrifices” to God. He then tells them a two-fold bit of instruction that I want us to consider:
- Be not CONFORMED to this world.
If we follow political correctness to its full desired goal, we will be forced to abandon the basic principles of our Faith and the Bible and Compromise. We would use the world that is reflected in today’s society as a guide to the detriment of our core beliefs and that would result in the tolerance demanded.
There are many, non-religious and even some so-called religious people who believe that we should accept every religion and teaching that comes down the pike and that there are many roads to heaven. The Bible differs from that view and clearly identifies that Jesus is the Door and is the only access to the Father.
Paul tells those listening and those of us reading today, whatever you do refuse to be “conformed” to this world and its philosophy or ideology. You are in this world but through Christ not of it.
- He then takes the second step and tells them to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of their minds.
The mind plays a much more significant role in the Christian walk than most are willing to acknowledge. It is not a mindless following of Christ that the Bible asks us to do but a well-thought-out evaluation and examination of Truth.
Our minds can be compared to a computer and sometimes when viruses, malware, and spyware infiltrate we need to reprogram to eliminate them. Sometimes we need a Holy Spirit purging of the philosophy of Egypt or the World and return to the core foundational principles taught in God’s Word. In that place, we come to know the “will of God.” The will that is “good, acceptable, and perfect.”
Therefore, instead of being intimidated to cast away your principles in the interest of Political Correctness or Religious Tolerance, hold on to your biblical convictions they are worth dying for. Hold on to the basic principles of God’s Word they are worth living for. Allow the Holy Spirit to reprogram or renew your mind so that you are so in tune with the Spirit of God that you easily and clearly hear the still small voice saying, “This is the way walk in it.”
May God bless you as you go through your day!