We live in a broken humanity that upholds philosophical views and beliefs that defy God’s existence, desire, and authority over our lives. For instance, a world that defies God is seen in the anointed drives that we easily pervert and direct towards our selfish desires (lust for intimacy, materialism for success, building ego for achieving excellence). To elaborate on my earlier post, its hard to live in a world that despises our identity in Him. God gave us a choice to live with Him or not. When we sinned, we turned away from God. Because of this, there is brokenness and pain in the world. It’s easy for those who have had bad experiences with Christianity or have had it shoved down their throat blame God for their suffering and hate those who believe in Him. We simply cant try to achieve both the love of “the world” and the love of God, because they are practically on different sides of the spectrum. We have to die to our secular selves to live out gospel. In Matthew 24:9 it says that we will be hated for His name’s sake.
Digression time: This does not mean that believers are called to create a subculture that shuns the world and its culture. That’s the exact opposite. God is a “worldly” God in the sense that He created the world and gave His one and only son for the sake of the world’s future. Yeah, we should be aware of how hard life will be on this track, but we shouldn’t see the world as a hopeless place thats doomed and done for. God still loves the world through and through and gives us hope because of His son. With that in mind, followers of Christ must must must be compelled to reach out, work, testify as ambassadors of His perfect love.
"The Christian faith has a hope that overwhelms grief. This hope doesn’t get rid of the grief or pain but sweetens and shifts it."
— Tim Keller (via littlethingsaboutgod)
"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."
— "Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via supernatasha)