Sunday (July 12, 2009) in the bible study on John 12:1-19 we talked about the idea that we become like the people that we hang out with.
Dr. Gregory Beal of Wheaton College (IL) develops that idea in depth in his recent scholarly treatment of “a biblical theology of idolatry” in a book he called “We become what we worship” (IVP). Without going deeper into the thesis of the book, I think that the title concept is a powerful observation of 21st century American society.
If aliens from space were to drop in and walk around I think that they’d quickly determine that among other things (like cars and homes, brand name clothes and all kinds of food and drink) Americans worship athletes, movie stars and musicians. Their ubiquitous pictures are plastered on magazine covers and outdoor billboards, smiling at us from cereal boxes, and of course decorating the omnipresent t-shirts.
And a casual look at youtube shows kids of all ages trying desparately to grab a moment of fame, trying to be like Mike, or the latest and greatest of whatever. And adults differ only in degree.
Are Christ-followers any different? Should they be? No (not so much) and yes.
It seems like the apostle Paul was living right next door when he wrote “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:2 (the Message).
What a difference a few sold-out, hard-core non-conformists for Christ would make.
Resting in Him,