By Warren W. Wiersbe
God's humans have been by no means intended to mixture in. in its place, we are referred to as to stick out from the gang, and develop into a beacon of wish. yet not anything dims our gentle greater than conformity, whilst voices that after proclaimed fact start to quietly yield to a loud global. according to the books of two Kings and a couple of Chronicles, this learn bargains an eye-opening examine the excessive expense of conformity, and stocks how we will remain distinctive from our environment.
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Here’s the ironic thing: As distinct as we are as human beings and as children of God, there is a relentless pressure to conform to the “pattern of this world” (Rom. 12:2 NIV). Even though we are unique, we drift into the behaviors of “what everyone else is doing” so as to make us indistinguishable from the people of the world. Recently I read an unsettling book by George Barna, who heads a research group that conducts surveys of both Christians and non-Christians in order to discern trends within our culture.
But God is always faithful to keep His promise. These are the twin themes, the Big Ideas, of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. For example, in 2 Kings we witness the severity of God’s discipline for compromise as He allows Israel (the northern kingdom) to be conquered by the Assyrians, and 150 years later Judah (the southern kingdom) falls to the Babylonians. They destroy Jerusalem, including Solomon’s temple, and carry God’s people into captivity for seventy years. God warned the people of Israel and Judah through the prophets Elijah and Elisha, as well as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, and Hosea, yet they did not relent from conforming to the patterns of the godless culture around them.