If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hated you. John 15:19
The Christian, of course, must live his life in this world. He must infiltrate this world with a purpose-to help win the world. But he does not need to participate in the evils of the world. It is impossible for us to escape from the world, the flesh, and the devil, even in a monastery.We cannot possible influence the world unless we live in it and give evidence of the power of the Gospel in our lives. As citizens we must vote and participate in political affairs. We are to participate in civic activities, and most certainly we are to be loyal and faithful to the church.However, we are not to compromise with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are not to participate in the sins of the world. There are certain things to which a Christian must say no-in politics, in the shop, in the office, even in the neighborhood he must often show that he is a citizen of another world, and many times suffer persecution and misunderstanding because of it.We should refuse to support anything which does not meet with the approval of our Christian conscience. There are thousands of professing Christians who are betraying their Christian principles because they are more concerned for the world’s smile than the condemnation of Jesus Christ.
I have found that the casual Christian has little or no influence upon others. I am finding that it is only the Christian who refuses to compromise in matters of honesty, integrity, and morality who is bearing an effective witness for Christ. The worldly Christian is prepared to do as the world does and will condone practices which are dishonest and unethical because he is afraid of the world’s displeasure. Only by a life of obedience to the voice of the Spirit, by a daily dying to self, by a full dedication to Christ and constant fellowship with Him, are we enabled to live a godly life and have a positive influence in this present ungodly world.