Everyone navigates life by a “wisdom ”: collected beliefs, ideas, truths and traditions. And that “wisdom ”is what directs people ’s thinking and determines their behaviour.
For Christians, the battle comes because the wisdom generated by this world we live in, is at odds with God and His truth.
And in a country like Australia, it doesn ’t even feel like a battle: because the world ’s wisdom looks so attractive, sounds so plausible and feels so good. It can pull us in, slowly and subtly, until it has us in its grip. It displaces God and His truth in our hearts, and so we settle for living as the world does. It doesn ’t feel like losing a battle: it just feels like making a ‘lifestyle choice ’.
God makes it clear in His word that for His people, the world is a competing loyalty. Anyone who loves the world cannot be a friend of God (James 4:4). It ’s one or the other, not both. There is everything at stake in that choice.