A very good verse, the Christian should be praying to God and should be listening to the Holy Spirit to see what is good. One thing I have been noting is that our society is growing more conformist. Some may say, "No way, rebellion is all over the place" but what they do not realize even most of the "rebellion" is manufactured, as they lead people into the same place. Don't expect creativity from Satan but banality. Just look at all those young people getting tattoos and piercings and supposed "non-conformists" who end up looking just like each other.
Just look at the rehashed messages from the music media world. Why do they all dress and act the same? Why do the "Christian" bands follow the others in the same example? Anyone else growing tired of the same clothing styles and vacant looks staring out? Even here this "Christian" band which has played at Harvest Fest held by Greg Laurie, has the occult markers, the winged skeleton on one guy's T-shirt speaks for itself.
But think about conformity elsewhere. Sometimes I wonder about the MARKETED demographic lifestyle to Christians. You have your marketed lifestyle to the mainstream evangelical crowd, where pastors wear their "uniforms" of khaki pants, and goatees, and where fads and the rest all match. I talked about this to a degree in this article: 'What is Being Christian All About: Not the Evangelical Subculture"
One thing you need to watch out for is embracing the "marketed" opinions they want you to have. Never give up your mind to ANY organization! Even with this blog of mine, keep your own mind and question everything I write and ask God first. There too TEST YOURSELF. No human being is perfect, we can all have blind spots and so it is even more imperative, you ask God to show you the truth. He always will, this often will include facing your own sins and shortcomings. There are many people out there, and one has to realize this as a Christian who knows what is going on, who simply haven't been told. In other words they do not. I still remember my days of ignorance as a lost unbeliever who believed the lies. I shudder to think, but that also tells me that for those open to the truth, there is always hope.
Do not make the mistake either of following into the wicked trap, of thinking "oh those people are just 'stupid'!" and having a cruel prideful attitude about it all. I still remember this one evangelical on Christian message boards, who called all the Catholics he harangued [he called it witnessing while never giving a gospel message] "DROIDS". Where is the Christian love in any of that? He was even once Catholic himself. How soon people forget where they once were. The Christian message should be one of freedom from bondage not condemnation.
The Christian's attitude should be THANK GOD, that He showed me the truth and allowed me to have it, rather then hate for those trapped in Satan's delusions.
That said, why are so many being led to this wicked conformity? The "Christian" who votes for the most Dominionist, poor oppressing politicians and police state mandates has become a stereotype but how many are being influenced by all the organizations out there influencing their opinions?
The mind boggles when even examining what is in magazines, websites, literature, passed around emails that range from World Net Daily to World magazine. And that isn't even addressing what is coming from the pulpits. It is intense, and never ending. Once one steps out of this world it is interesting to watch from the side lines and watch how they seek to control minds, and attitudes and how overwhelming it all is.
One thing I am noting is how very much alike all these churches, and pastors are, that I expose on this board. Sure there are differences, some fit into the Charismatic, mainline, evangelical camps, but the "SAMENESS" is what really has stood out to me. Just like everyone over 40 saw America change from a land of regional differences to scaled down, boredom now that Omaha is just like Ohio with big box stores of soul-less suburbia, it seems everything was washed out of the churches too. One became just like another. Sad to say I think this was part of the plan.
But the mainstream Christian world aren't the only guilty ones, even the Vision Forum, Duggar, Quiverful crowd, has it's certain LOOK, fashions, lifestyle "accoutrements". Break out your harps, pencil skirts and Victoriana. These things are not wrong in themselves, it's better people dress modestly. I even like Victorian era antiques myself but that was prior to even my Christian days.
It seems weird when STYLE is trumping substance in so many places.
Daring to question the powers that be or the status quo really has fallen out of favor. I have already discussed the political song and dance show of the "right" and "left" but things are more insidious then that. What do people seek after today? To improve their characters, do right by God? Sometimes I fear for so many it is "fitting in" and becoming a "success" by world standards. It's all about having the right appearance, even in the "Christian" world. How many cults that claim to be Christian insist on a "perfect look"?
The media in other words for many different social groups puts forth the world standards of what success and what one's life is supposed to be about. Who is asking God anymore? Think about the sheer numbers that are all marching blindly after the false preachers, religious and political movements exposed on this blog. Why is this happening? What has happened to these folks?
Sometimes it gets scary to be on a secular board and note, in a debate, you have 20 or more people all taking the same side exactly and there is little deviation from the "group". Just pronounce one belief, that does not fit the status quo, such as I believe that Ritalin is being way over prescribed for children, and watch the fireworks begin. Even among those who pride themselves as freethinkers of a sort, they take for granted the message in society, that supposedly 10% of all children need to be "drugged" so they can sit in a classroom quietly and "focus" for 7 hours a day. No one ever asks maybe it's not the children who should be changed or chemically forced to conform but the system itself. To be frank, this sort of "hive" thinking is why TSA strip-searches have become acceptable in America with nary a peep.
Also if you think about it, this is what has led American to down the endless bottles of Prozac and anti-depressants, while there are some with inner organic chemical imbalances, how come no one ever questions anymore if it's them that are really sick as individuals or society itself that is "sick" [or well evil]? Why do they all blame themselves? Because they are TOLD TO.
It would seem the way this world is today, with it's complexities, social disconnection and more, that human emotions of grief and sadness would be NORMAL, but even those are suppressed for the powers that be. I see this even in the constant delusional "think positive" movements and human potential movement that taught Americans to ignore reality and keep plastered tight smiles on their faces.
Now think about this, one manufactured "opinion" in the Dominionist Christian community is having perfect little children, that reflect perfectly on you as their parent, where children themselves are seen as 'marketed' consumerist commodities. Why do you think some of the false teachers like "The Pearls" are able to make a living off teaching "Christian" parents how to "control" their children so the same children never "embarrass" them at church or in public. What is this all about?
20 years ago the political correct nonsense got in full sway, which actually led to people knowing if they questioned certain things, they would be deemed a "bigot", and tossed aside. The ante has been upped because now to have a different view from established academia, mainstream media means you become a persona non gratis. Alternative voices are silenced, as people are told they are "thought criminals" under the moniker "conspiracy theorists". Even as long held theories such as flouride being dangerous to health are proven true why doesn't that get more to think? The people who warned about this were shouted down for years as being "conspiracy" trouble makers. Should we accept everything we are told without question?
Sometimes I feel like everything is a marketed demographic, unique invididuals are really feeling the pressure when everything seems to be about fitting into a certain group or demographic and matching the exact beliefs of a specified group. We live now in a world where everyone compares themselves to each other, and wants to match exactly. Are you an evangelical? Well then you are supposed to vote Republican, support the wars, and read Christianity Today. Are you a liberal? Then you are supposed to support Obama, abortion and homosexual rights. So forth and so on, even the Quiverful, Vision Forum world has it's specific dress styles and "lifestyles" and "beliefs", it sells to people.
I find it interesting that the geniuses of yesterday tended to be what was more lovingly called "eccentrics" in the old days, but now the answer is to pyschologically drug and pressure them into being like everyone else. Are there people who do have true ogranic brain problems? Sure there are. But this push to have no deviations from the norm, will actually destroy innovation, and hold back those who do manage to think outside the box. Today the impetus is to appear "NORMAL" as defined by the powers of this world rather then being what God designed you to be. If someone thinks the herd mentality and wanting to be popular ends in junior high school think again!
The world is going to match. The verse warning about the one mind of the beast, really means that ONE MIND.
Rev 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
How many stand against the Tower of Babel "world unity" dreams of the elite anymore? Have you notice that now, they have both the liberals supporting it via their "world revolution" and everyone come together dreams, and those on the other side, supporting it via Dominionism? Hard core free-market atheist libertarians to Obama loving socialists dream of planetary unity. Christians are to have unity in God, and be of one accord but see how this has now been brought to fruition for those who have rejected or do not yet know God?
2 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Think about that part of the verse, PRIDE OF LIFE, isn't that what leads people to conform to this world and be as the world wants them to be? It is the basics of keeping up with the Joneses, desiring to "fit in"? It is when one wants to match what the world thinks is a great Christian instead of sitting and listening to God. As things get worse out there, some of us are going to find out what those verses where Jesus warned about us being hated by the world really mean.
Now a person shouldn't have pride. Satan can use the "I am a special person" thoughts for his own devices, as a Christian here is more biblical advice that is imperative. Stay out of the contest!
2Cr 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
"Don't Lose Your Individuality! Stand Alone for God!"