神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:不属世界(2018-7-17)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年07月17日 09:21

“你们若属世界,世界必爱属自己的;只因你们不属世界,乃是我从世界中拣选了你们,所以世界就恨你们。”约翰福音 15:19

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

基督徒当然也要活在这个世界。他融入这个世界的目的是赢得这个世界。但是他不参与这个世界的邪恶。我们不能脱离世俗和恶者,就算在修道院都不能。我们只有活在福音里、做出主的见证,才有可能影响这个世界。作为公民,我们有责任参与选举和政治。我们也有责任参与社会事务。同时,我们也忠于教会。当然,我们不会屈服于这个世界、肉体和魔鬼。基督徒一定会说不,在政治上、商场、办公室、甚至在邻里之间,我们不会参与世界的罪,因为我们属于另一个世界,我们也因此会受到逼迫和误解。不符合基督徒良心的事情,我们坚决不做。很多基督徒,更喜欢世界的微笑、而拒绝基督的谴责,从而背弃基督徒的原则。

我发现,一个随便的基督徒,基本上不可能影响他人。只有在诚实、正直、道德上都不妥协的基督徒才能真正作出见证。属世界的基督徒随波逐流,行虚假、欺骗,因为他害怕世界不欢迎他。只有顺服圣灵的带领,每日反省,完全奉献给基督,坚持与主团契,我们才能过得胜的生活,才能积极正面影响这个不圣洁的世界。

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.

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