We Must Be More Vigilant (Kevin DeYoung)

Brothers and sisters, we must be more vigilant. With our kids, with our families, with our Facebook accounts, with our texts, with our tweets, with our own eyes and hearts. Are we any differ­ent than the culture? Have we made a false peace with ourselves whereby we have said, we won’t do the things you do or be as sensual as you are, but we will gladly watch you do them for us? The kinds of things Paul wouldn’t even mention, the sort of sins he wouldn’t dare joke about, the behaviors too shameful to even name—we hear about them in almost every sitcom and see them on screens bigger than our homes. Here is worldliness as much as anywhere in the Christian life. Try turning off the television and staying away from the movies for a month and see what new things you see when you come back. I fear many of us have become numb to the poison we are drinking. When it comes to sexual immorality, sin looks normal, righteousness looks very strange, and we look a lot like everybody else.

This post from Kevin DeYoung (an excerpt from the book The Hole in our Holinessthe Kindle version is on sale for $2.99!), is well worth the few minutes it would take to read. As our nation continues its breathless sprint away from God’s law, the church can either just keep a few steps behind or we can grow in our holiness, letting the increasing separation between us and our society’s sins bear the light of Christ’s holiness in a dark world.

6 Comments

  1. Nathan H. August 29, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Kevin preached a very similar message (later I realized it was based on this upcoming book) at a conference I attended a couple years ago. It’s one of those messages that stuck. Would encourage anyone to listen: http://www.sbts.edu/media/audio/gmaa/college-2012/02-gmaac-deyoung.mp3

  2. Sheila August 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Is there a Nook version of this book?

  3. Sheila September 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Thanks!

  4. Jennifer Hershberger September 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    Can appreciate the call for awareness of what we see, do, encourage and accept. And the idea that we are accountable, that our decisions have weight and importance in our lives and the lives of others. But with all due respect, the church is not separate from the sins of the world. The church is a group of imperfect people who are not holier simply because they say they are. God forbid if the church seeks to separate itself from the world’s sinners. WWJD?

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