“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I’m reading in my devotions this morning and I come to Romans 12:2. “Do Not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind – on Facebook.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
Wait, what? Did Paul actually tell us to transform ourselves and renew our minds on FACEBOOK?
Well, not really. He didn’t specifically mention Facebook. I mean, really, Mr. Z wasn’t even alive back then. But look at a couple of things with me, and Mr. Zuckerberg might actually be making more sense than we thought.
I mean, if you look at it, does Paul state what we should be doing during an election period? Should we be following what the “leaders of this world” say? Not only the governmental leaders, but the media leaders, the news leaders, the local pastor, the mayor. Is Paul stating that we should follow them? Oh and also the Facebook stars and the Instagram “leaders.” Is he saying we should follow what Kim Kardashian is saying on Twitter? (I actually have more thoughts on that for another time)
Yes, he does and no he doesn’t. Paul says he wants us to transform our minds and by that we will be able to follow God’s pattern for our lives.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world?”
How do you avoid conforming to the pattern of this world? I mean especially during an election season where there are so many people yelling and yelling and blaming this guy and saying it was that guy’s fault and inflating this figure and that one.
I think you have to use the tools that are in front of you to make those decisions. And you can’t say that 1 particular “test” means that that is the right person. Especially in our tumultuous times, it’s really hard to honestly say that one line item tells you everything you need to know to vote wisely. Well, Mr. ______ said that Ronald Reagan was a __________ so I’m never going to vote for him.
Yeah, not so smart.
Instead, we need to fight the patterns of the world and look seriously at not only one question, but what God says and what he wants.
And then you can go tomorrow (or today) and vote knowing that you searched out where you felt God was calling you to listen.