April 19, 2021

1 John 3:1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. (The Message Bible)

When you listen to the news on the radio or TV or check it our online that source will tell you what is important to know and take seriously from their point of view. They think they know what you want to know- after all, their income is based on the amount of the viewers- or, perhaps, they have a vision for the world that they wish you to encounter and adopt. In any event, very little of it all has anything to do with God. Even though most people say they believe in God (87% according to https://news.gallup.com/poll/268205/americans-believe-god.aspx), it doesn’t seem to be the guiding principle behind their thoughts or actions. Certainly nothing newsworthy. People who are committed to attending church regularly are often viewed as on the fringe. Many religious folk find it infuriating that they are not “taken seriously.” But according to what the above passage says, they shouldn’t be surprised. Apparently, it was the same in the first century AD. Believers in Christ have often been counter-cultural. How important is it for you to blend in with the world around you?

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