Living in the world but the world not living in us

The bubble will soon be bursting and the masses who have become accustomed to the “good life” will have to learn how to live as our ancestors lived before the onslaught of technology and extreme “it's all about me” attitudes that run rampant through the societies of the world. All around us, there are multitudes of people who are incapable of thinking for themselves. Their world consists of pre-programmed entertainment, amusement and social gatherings. Just when robots are about to take over millions of jobs, millions of people have been turned into robots because of their laziness and selfishness.

For the most part, there is little I have to say that anyone in the world is remotely interested in. Since the way I think is totally opposite from the way most people in the world think, there is not much I could say to them that would make any sense. The culture and lifestyle of this world nauseates and repulses me. The “me first” mentality that permeates every fiber of society is so completely contrary to what God promotes in His Word that I simply cannot stand it. Most days I feel as Lot who had to live among the filth of what his beloved Sodom and Gomorrah had become.

6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

2 Peter 2:6-8 King James Version (KJV)

The word for “vexed” in verse 7 means to wear down or get worn out. The word of “vexed” in verse 8 means to torture or afflict with pain. Lot was distressed and worn out by the filthy lives of the lawless men who inhabited Sodom and Gomorrah. As a righteous man living among unrighteous people day in and day out, he was literally tormented and tortured by the unlawful (lawless) deeds he saw and heard. Most days, this describes me perfectly. I am tormented and tortured by the lawless behavior of people every day I venture out into the world. This world is made up of people who have turned their backs on God and live to satisfy the lusts of their flesh and of their minds.

I hate what this world has become, what it represents, what it has done to the good qualities and excellent standards of God's Word. I hate the world but I love the people who still have a heart for God and the meekness to receive His Word. I stand with those who have taken a stand for God and withdrawn from the lawlessness they are surrounded by. I completely empathize with those who, like me, are tormented and tortured by the lawlessness of this world.

There is no way for us to not live in this world, but we can choose to not let the world live in us. The injustice, inhumanity, selfishness and sickness of society are repugnant to God and should be to us also. Philippians 2:14-16 tells us:

14Do all things without murmurings and questionings:

15that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,

16holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.

American Standard Version (ASV)

As we live the Word of God we shine as lights in this crooked and perverse world. As we hold forth the Word of life, we can rejoice whether anyone listens or not, because we will be rejoicing in the Day of Christ. We may not be able to change this world but we can keep the world from changing us and by living the Word of God, shine as lights in this dark place as we faithfully hold forth the Word of life.