Romans 12:2 gives us a very clear statement about the world and its lifestyle, we are NOT to conform to it.
The world has very clear statements of its own to make, some of which put the Christian into some very difficult dilemmas. Dilemmas which cause Christians to have to make choices about how they embrace what the world says and how they make room for the world without compromising what the Bible teaches. As a consequence, often Christians are tempted to take a softer route towards the inclusion of the world than they ideally would like to. The pressure on our minds and thinking processes to formulate, 'a way forward', to include the world, is uncomfortable. This is the point at which we are tempted to exchange what we believe God would have us uphold for something that makes our life easier, something that takes us out of the firing line of the world and its accusations of religious bigotry. If as Christians, we are to stand on God's word and not conform to the world's influences, we must be prepared to engage in this conflict and be prepared to taste the bitterness of separation from the world and its ideals. Anything that demands that we conform to the world is not of God no matter how plausible its arguments may be.
Steve Howell has been a Christian for over 44 years. About 15 years ago he founded Rethink: a biblical initiative that assists Christians towards a renewed mind and thinking processes. Steve has spent the last ten years developing Rethink and using it widely in churches, schools and rehab centres. He currently concentrates his work on the South West of England and the West Midlands.