Good Morning April 12

Throughout the history of ancient Israel God called them to be a different people. God is concerned for all people, and wants all to understand His nature and life. But this had to happen through a people who were set apart, and not just a mixture with all the world’s values and idolatries. The New Testament continues this same idea. Paul writing to the Roman church said “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”(12:2) God has given us a way of life that is for our best good. We are to grow in an understand of that life, and desire to follow it in all we do. The problem is that the society hates anything that is different. Christians who seek to live by Godly values in business, in renting property, in life in general are said to be judgmental, and are called bigots. It is not for us to condemn anyone. In fact, just the opposite. We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. But loving doesn’t mean approving everyone’s values. It means living life in such a way that we help others find the best life God has for them. If that means we are called bigots, then so be it, but the best life anyone can live is in helping others see and want the best life God has for them.