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I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. ~ John 17:15-17, ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20, ESV
In it, not of it.
Deride us if you must,
labeling other-worldliness and unworldliness
because of refusal
to conform to world’s
false and fleeting fashions—
Not from it, sent into it.
to NOT walk sinfully,
as evildoers, doubters, backsliders;
to NOT talk vilely,
as non-believers, unbelievers, disbelievers;
to NOT think wickedly,
as atheists, agnostics, apostates.
Ambassadors for Christ.
Sent into world
with full power,
with all authority,
to publish and proclaim peace—
the Gospel Message: reconciliation;
the fullness of Christ.
~ from my Spirit’s Musing manuscript