Image of the World?

May 15, 2009 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

As a graduate of the Centurions Program (1 year study & training with Chuck Colson & Breakpoint), I receive newsletters and resources from them from time to time.  I’m excerpting here something that  T. M. Moore wrote today which encourages the “unfashionable” counter-culture challenge I shared recently.

From Centurions TD Newsletter by T. M. Moore (Vol. 3, No. 7, May 15, 2009) with permission from Breakpoint/PFM:

[…] For we are constantly under assault by influences in the culture to which we have become so accustomed, that we may well lose sight of them at times. Peter wrote, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Pt. 2:11). The “passions” or “lusts” of the flesh are the stock-in-trade of the popular culture. It thrives by appealing, not just to our baser interests, but to those which may, on the surface seem quite harmless.

What do I mean? Well, consider the kinds of passions – affections, feelings, longings, desires – that we typically encounter on television, in pop music and film, and even in the lifestyles of our materialistic friends and co-workers. Pride, self-serving, ual , covetousness, jealousy, resentment, anger, hatred, vengeance: in a wide variety of ways we are confronted by these passions throughout the day, often in ways that make them seem “normal.” Advertising, for example, as well as conversations at work, emails and websites, and more – all supply us with a steady breeze promoting self-interest and self-indulgence.

These fleshly passions don’t assault us violently; more often, they are subtle and constant, with occasional gusts which push a little harder against our soul’s striving to become like Jesus. If we are not aware of these influences, we may find that our souls have been shaped more after the image of the world than that of Jesus Christ.

So true!  I want to ask you to comment:  What are the subtle and constant influences that shape our souls more after the image of the world than of Jesus Christ?

[btw, we’ve had quite a number of members of Waypoint and Gracepoint Fellowship Church go through the Centurions Program over the years…]

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