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14th October 2023

Individualism


They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:16


With the popularity of digital devices, people can move about easily and quickly. It has redefined the meaning of mobility. In years past, most people worked an eight-hour job, many “clocked in” and were required to work the full day (or night shifts) under scrutiny and supervision. Society has become used to a relaxed lifestyle with little structure. Today people hold meetings at coffee shops, in the park, or on Zoom meetings over the internet. People walk through shopping centres alone yet carrying on what appears to be a one-sided conversation; but with headphones difficult to see, they are actually conducting business outside of the office and in casual clothing. It is difficult to distinguish someone working or on holiday.


Young people particularly are disconnected from “what used to be.” The culture vibrates stress, resulting in increased anxiety. Much of this can be attributed to peer pressure, something that is not spoken of any more, but still a strong emotional pull—not only for youth but also for adults.


A popular theory is “individualism.” Yet people practice the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes, and in thinking. Many follow fashion at the expense of modesty. Conformity can be good, but it can also be very dangerous. In Romans 12:2, The Bible says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but he transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We must ask the Lord to guide us in our daily decisions and honour Him in all things.

Bible Reading

Romans 12:1-3.

Prayer

My Lord and my God, Although I am in this world, help me not to be part of it, but live for You each day by seeking Your will. In Christ, I pray. Amen

















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