1 John 2:15-17 – Loving the world is incompatible with loving God. D.L. Moody was once asked what the church’s relationship to the world should be. He responded, “The place for the ship is in the sea; but God help the ship if the sea gets into it.”
Tullian Tchividjian explained Moody, and John, this way, “We need to avoid being culturally removed – failing to be ‘in the world,’ like a ship out of water. We also need to avoid being culturally relaxed – becoming ‘of the world,’ like a ship being submerged.”
He goes on to write, “Christ has called his followers to be in the world yet distinct from it, to live against the world for the world (tension). The truth is, if you follow Jesus in this way, you will seem ‘too pagan for your Christian friends and too Christian for your pagan friends’” (Unfashionable, 81-82).
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