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“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of it.” John 17:15-16
If you have been in the church for a decent stretch of time you have heard the saying that we take from this verse, “In the world but not of the world.” Are we truly in the world but not of it or have we pulled ourselves out of it? We spend a lot of time talking about how corrupt it seems this world has gotten. We look at the immorality of the music, movies, TV shows, and even books that are popular right now. I wonder, is this our fault? Have we, in our attempts to be in the world of it, pulled ourselves out of it? Have we created our own subculture with its own music, movies, TV shows and books, and left the world to fend for itself?
I am reminded of when we started taking those kids who were faster learners than their peers out of the classrooms and made them special classes. While I understand it may have been somewhat beneficial to those kids, but what did it cost those kids who were slower? They no longer had peers that might be able to explain things a different way than their teachers so they could understand it. They also no longer had some one their age showing them that is possible to understand what is being taught. By pulling them out of the classroom we removed the positive influence they had on the other kids and in my opinion did more harm than good.
Have we left the classroom? Have we formed ourselves our own culture and left the world on its own? Why are we surprised that the world is so lost when we don’t involve ourselves in it? We don’t have to do the things that we know are wrong, but if we can’t relate to the world how are we ever supposed to help them? How are we supposed to save the lost if we don’t know them? Become the Target.

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