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:受苦蒙恩(2018-10-9)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年10月09日 10:38

“你们当以基督耶稣的心为心”腓立比书 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

我们基督徒不会效法这个世界。这个世界通过各类广告、对话、哲学,给全人类洗脑。有意无意之间,基督徒被卷入世俗文化,陷入圈套。卖酒的说,卓越的人喝威士忌,暗示你要是不喝就不会卓越。卖烟的说,抽烟的人懂得思考,暗示你不抽烟就不会思考,傻瓜才会拒绝他们的产品。这些广告,甚至在礼拜天都宣传色情、暴力。他们的任务就是宣扬这个世界的文化,给基督徒洗脑,叫他们效法这个世界。这个世界的污水系统威胁着基督徒心灵世界的清泉。你只要开始读圣经、做祷告,撒旦就来搞你。

当然,我们还是能够听到圣经的声音:以基督的心为心。“不要效法这个世界,只要心意更新而变化,叫你们察验何为 神的善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意。”(罗12:2 )我们不必效法世界的焦虑。很多基督徒在担心:世界将要怎么样?圣经已经告诉我们,世界将要过去,大审判随时到来。我们基督徒要在黑暗世界发光,要在沮丧、迷茫、绝望中见证神的喜乐与平安。记得花时间读经、祷告,少看电视、少说废话。神能花你多少时间?

We Christians are not to be conformed to this world mentally. The world by its advertisements, its conversation, and its philosophy is engaged in a gigantic brainwashing task. Not always consciously but sometimes unconsciously, the Christian is beset by secular and worldly propaganda.Ads which proclaim that “the man of distinction” prefers a certain brand of whisky, imply that abstainers are not people of distinction.Tobacco ads loudly proclaiming that “thinking men” prefer a certain filter, imply that only fools would reject their brand.Much entertainment, even on Sunday, is slanted to those who feed on violence, sex, and lawlessness. It would seem that some diabolic mastermind is running the affairs of this world and that his chief objective is to brainwash Christians and get them to conform to this world.The world’s sewage system threatens to contaminate the stream of Christian thought. Satan will contest every hour you spend in Bible reading or prayer.

However, above the din we can hear the voice of Scripture: “Let this mind be in you. Which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5), and “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of  God” (Romans 12:2).We Christians are not even to be conformed to the world’s anxieties.Many Christians are wringing their hands and saying, “What’s the world coming to?”The Bible has already told us that “the world and the lust thereof” are going to pass away. We have already been told in Scripture that the world is coming to a cataclysmic judgment.We Christians are to be lights in the midst of darkness, and our lives should exemplify relaxation, peace, and joy in the midst of frustration, confusion, and despair.Time yourself the next time you read the Bible and pray. Compare this amount of time to that you spend, say, watching television. Is God getting His share of your time and attention?

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