Online Bible Commentary
Do Not be Conformed to This World
Romans 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
This is a call for Christians to make themselves “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (v.1). God wants us to be all in, with Him. Jesus despised “luke-warm” Christians, which he called the church at Laodicea (Rev. 3:16). The church was full of wealthy people who were caught up in the world. Jesus threatened to “spit you out of my mouth.”
God commands Christians to “not be conformed to this world”, but to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (v.2a). When we became Christians, we became new creations. Our minds became new. We no longer live for the desires of the world. We live to please God, to be acceptable to Him.
Once we become all in with God, we are able to know His “good and acceptable and perfect will” (v.2b). We will know what pleases Him. We will know because we have read His Word, the Bible, we have been in prayer, and we have fellowshipped with other Christians.
This passage defines the worldview for those who claim to be Christians. No longer are we to be “conformed to this world”. To be conformed to this world means to be influenced by non Christians.
Many non Christians profess to be humanists. Webster defines humanism as “a system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion.” Author and humanist David Noise refers to the term “secular progressives”, which we hear frequently, as humanists. Webster defines secularism as indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations.
Here is a partial list of humanists. The complete list can be found on Wikipedia.
Confucius, Albert Einstein, Barbara Ehrenreich (feminist), Sigmund Freud, Betty Frieden (feminist), Che Guevara, Katherine Hepburn, Aldous Huxley (author, “Brave New World”), Jack Kevorkian, John Lennon, Norman Lear, Seth McFarland (creator of “The Family Guy” and “American Dad”), Bill Maher, Ashley Montague (popularized topics such as race and gender and their relationship to politics and development), Abraham Mazlow (created Mazlow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, Bill Nye, Linus Pauling (peace activist), Gene Roddenberry (“Star Trek” creator), Carl Rogers (psychologist), Salmon Rushdie, Bertrand Russel (British Philosopher), Carl Sagen, Margaret Sanger (established Planned Parenthood), Jean-Paul Sartre (French existentialist), William F. Shulz (Unitarian, Universalist minister, Executive Director of Amnesty International)), Rod Serling (“The Twilight Zone” creator), Benjamin Spock (pediatrician, author, anti-war protestor), Gloria Steinem (feminist), George Takei (“Star Trek” actor, LGBT activist), Ted Turner (founder of CNN, TBS, United Nations Foundation, vast television programming such as “Captain Planet” cartoons), Mark Twain, Neil De Grasse Tyson (astrophysicist, author, host of “Nova”), Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker (author of “The Color Purple”), Faye Wattleton (Former President of Planned Parenthood), Walt Whitman, Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computers), and Frank Zappa.
The thought processes and beliefs of these humanists are in direct contrast to what should be the thought processes and beliefs of Christians. Do not be influenced by their teachings. Run from their teachings. Their teachings are not pleasing to God. They will lead you away from God if you allow them to influence your thought.