In a December interview, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren was asked about tolerance and the equality of all human beings. “How can you espouse genuine equality if you don’t allow gay people the same right to get married as straight people?” the journalist asked.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Their discussion was polite and animated. When pressed on supporting same-sex marriage, Warren firmly concluded the argument saying, “I cannot see that happening in my life. I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society.” His intent – to not let the world squeeze him into its mold.
As Christians in America face more and more pressure to conform to the culture’s standards, it should be the goal for all to resist fitting in, favoring instead an aspiration to Godly living. Thankfully, in Romans 12, a formula for victorious Christian living is provided. Being transformed is an act of your will and it involves work. Living holy in an unholy world demands time with the Lord and time in His Word.
Among your family, friends, neighbors and national leaders, pray for those who struggle in their faith…and that those who have taken a firm stand will remain strong.
Recommended Reading: Romans 11:33-12:3