They Push Hard

3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Peter 4:3-6

Peter laid out the truth to his audience. While others may not actively recruit you into their lifestyle, the culture (commercials, television, social media, movies) can certainly push hard. You notice this especially when you go out of the country for a year or more, and return. What you would never watch and laugh about on television is accepted and sometimes embraced. The downward move is subtle and almost unnoticeable, but it is there.

The answer isn’t to hide out in the woods until the Lord returns, though some have done that.

The answer is to engage the culture instead of just absorbing it.

Challenge fellow Believers about what they watch when they watch it. Ask the tough questions. In that light, though, be prepared to answer the tough questions too, the same questions you’re asking of others.

If we are to make an impact on just one person, our standards should be high but not attainable. Of course we need the Holy Spirit’s help to attain these standards, but we also need each other.

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