You guessed it: I too have been thinking about worldliness. As we’ve told you before, girltalk flows out of an ongoing conversation between us four girls, our spouses, and each other. For me, in addition to helping my dad with edits to his book, my husband is doing a series on “worldliness” at our church’s youth meetings. So I’m talking about it to one family member or another almost every day.
This is not a morbid, legalistic, judgmental conversation. It is sober, to be sure, and we are all grateful for the reminder to freshly examine our hearts and lives. The ultimate goal, though, as Mom and Janelle have been saying, is to root out whatever is keeping us from enjoying God.
So, although “worldliness” is not usual Christmastime fare on the blogosphere, our aim is not to be a virtual Grinch and rob you of this season’s joys. The actual “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” is often the sin of worldliness. It’s at the root of much of the anxiety, unhappiness, bickering, discontent and strife that permeate what should be a joyous time.
That’s why we want to spend next week talking about practical ways we can resist worldliness. Not because we want to clamp down on Christmas celebrations. Rather, we want all of us to revel in the joy that Christ has come to rescue a dying world.