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1 John 2:15-17 NKJV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The writers of scripture make it clear that having a worldly mindset involves rejecting the concept of absolute truth and embracing an ideology that opposes God's existence and/or sovereign rule and authority over it.

Genesis 3:13 NKJV And the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"

2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Timothy 3:13 NKJV But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

John is not telling Christians to be rude, obnoxious, or to isolate themselves from the world. He is reinforcing the truth that they are called to believe, think and act differently because of their love for Christ. If they don't love the world it is because they, instead, love Jesus Christ.


Christians must stop allowing the culture to shape their views, set their agenda, and determine their mood.
1. Christians are called to shape, not cater to the prevailing culture.

Titus 3:3-8 NKJV For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

Christians should not celebrate sin—not their own or anyone else's!

When we cater to the culture we are in essence condemning the culture, because a watered down gospel is a powerless gospel that can't save anyone!

Christians help shape the culture by truly being one and by being Bold!

2. Christians are called to follow Christ, not social media.

1 Corinthians 6:9-12 NKJV Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Most social media companies have the same agenda—to make money and converts.

Does Jesus own your phone?

1 Corinthians 6:12 NKJV All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Social media can be like a blood sucker that sucks the emotional, mental, and spiritual life right out of you!

To think better, think biblically!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

3. Christians are called to be eternal optimists, not earthly-minded pessimists.

John 16:33 NKJV These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

A Christian's joy is not determined by their circumstances, but by their connection to Jesus Christ!

  • What if every day we decided to let God talk to us first?
  • What if every day we talked to God before we talked to anyone else?
  • What if every day we set as our top priority to live for Jesus and like Jesus?

In Conclusion:
Instead of spending our lives chasing what we cannot keep, let's invest it in pursuit of what we cannot lose!

1 John 2:15-17 NKJV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.