By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Mindset of the world has evolved into an escapism from God in the Western world. Mindset is one's mental attitude that determines how one interprets or responds. Oftentimes, one's mental attitude is affected by our electronic world which helps to introduce a worldly environment. There is an enrichment of ways that would have been considered alien in previous years.
Escapism is an inclination to retreat from traditional ways; when new provocative ways are introduced that are more appetizing. This happened in the case of Eve, in the Garden of Eden. The fruit that was forbidden was made appealing: good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and to be desired of (Genesis 2:17). This is the same method of temptation today; upon consumption it leads to an escapism from the norm, not that which God intended for mankind.
In questioning Eve, concerning the forbidden fruit, the serpent quizzed her about the fact that God would restrict man's freedom of choice. The serpent, as an instrument of Satan, was attempting to cast doubt on God's Word! The mindset of the world today is being entertained with such an avenue.
Introduction towards sin (the fleshly attraction towards it); is now being introduced through the electronic age, that is being utilized by Satan to usher in the ungodliness of man. The mindset of the world is acceptance; rather than rejection, with man's conscience having been seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2) with no shame or remorse. There is now a retreat from former morals of a godly nature.
Escapism is an inclination to retreat from the former; a dissociation, evasion, or withdrawal. Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come: That men shall be lovers of their own selves, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness (2 Timothy 3:1-5). A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life.
Many today profess the name of Christ; but are not walking in the newness of life in Christ (Romans 6:4). They have not been freed of the affects of the old life; by putting on Christ (Romans 13:14). They are still adhering to the former life and its attractions.
God's Word tells the believer in Christ to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is one's reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world (or the mindset of the world); but to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
Scripture reveals of a time when one will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and shall turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. Those who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney stated: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits:
If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.
Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
His words still ring true today; and even more meaningful than when first spoken! There are those tasked with the promulgation of God's Word who have become slack in the commission originally given. There are those who have failed to push back the plate of acceptability; accepting the mindset of the world, walking away from their given responsibility towards God's Word.
The mindset of the world has opened the door for all forms of evil to reign; even being promoted by laws and judicial rulings to help its embracement. In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity and loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind; a prolific source of troubles.
America, and other once godly nations, are experiencing such a turmoil caused by a different mindset; leaving God out of the picture, and suffering the consequences for having done so! Is it expedient that 2 Chronicles 7:14 be instituted:
If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
This verse is an expression of God's loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people (2 Peter 3:9). Let us pray that the door of repentance will be sought after; rather than judgment being unleashed!
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