August 20

Romans 12:1-3

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” vs. 2

With the erosion of truth in contemporary society, it has become more and more difficult to discern what is good and acceptable thinking and behavior. Every social media platform is besieged by memes and tweets that are outrageous lies–and too many people just pass them on. They seem to have lost the capacity to know the difference between what is false and what is true. Slander and gossip spreads faster than the most contagious diseases, creating havoc and chaos in their wake. Paul would tell us that we’re better than that garbage, and warn us not to be conformed to this world. How shall we then learn anything? Is it even possible to know what is truth? Paul says that our only recourse is to go inward, and tend to the renewing of our minds. By that he likely means opening our hearts to the presence of the indwelling Christ, the One who is the source of all truth and knowledge. As we fully immerse ourselves in the Spirit of Jesus we are transformed in miraculous and marvelous ways. We begin to see the world through Jesus-tinted glasses and the gross lies and deceptions are revealed. And as we focus on what is good and acceptable and perfect in every person (no exceptions) our attitudes are changed and we can experience peace even in the midst of confusion. 

Thought for the Day: Why do we delight in passing on deceptive information?

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