Commentary-G. Campbell Morgan June 5, 2015

                    Can Christianity conform to the culture of the world?

Many modern churches seem determined to join the world culture in the name of toleration and love, general terms, in eloquent speech so oratorical it deceives the naive,or Christians, who have no knowledge of God’s demands for His people. Demands not easy, but necessary for our eternal salvation.
“Come ye out from among them and be ye separate I will receive you, you shall be my people and I will be your God.”2 Corinthians 6:17
Has there been a man or woman who laid down their life for all the world and seen the growth of untold millions brought to a life of unspeakable joy, and productivity, for the good of others through their death?
There is one wise man who died because he plagued the upper class of Greek citizens with questions about their lives in the culture of their day… Socrates. He didn’t die to save anyone, but died at the behest of the ruling elites who didn’t like his questions. He confessed he asked the questions, but some else had to come to give the answers. He didn’t conform to the culture of his day.
The man came and answered the questions. Our Lord Jesus Christ. He it is who died at the behest of the ruling elites who didn’t want the answers. He didn’t conform to the culture of His day.
We, who have received the answers and entered into a new life know that the life we are called to may not be an easy one. The pressures of the world put obstacles in our path continually. It may seem at times, when one is weary with the struggle and tempted to give in, that  persevering is beyond our strength. But then the image comes of our Savior Who conquered and  promised that we would be conquerors too. We are called to endure and to fight the good fight for at the days end we are one day closer home. We are a people called out of the culture of this world to be an holy and loving people who live a stainless life in the world. God will not accept less. If we could be accepted by living in the world’s culture, then Christ has died in vain. Why then was it necessary for God to send His Son to die for us?
If our Lord Jesus Christ had conformed to this world he could have ruled it without having to die as mortal men do. Matthew 4:8.
He Loved His Father and bore the cross and the shame for love of  God and humanity.Untold millions of humans have followed Him for long generations down to our generation. Our Lord still calls His own and knows their way as we who follow Him know that it is the narrow path of life. Our Lord said it when He walked among the generation of His day. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew 7: 13-14