The war against the world

WarIf you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19 (ESV)

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Last week, I wrote about our spiritual battle with the flesh. This week, I turn to our second field of spiritual battle…the world.

First we must clearly define what is meant by the term “world” in spiritual warfare.

When the Bible uses the word “world” in the context of warfare, it is referring to the philosophy, ideology, and beliefs of the world.

In short…the “world system”.

The Bible makes clear that the ideology and beliefs of the world are in direct opposition to God. This is because the world is under the control of our third enemy…Satan, as Paul points out in Eph. 2:2.

Thus the world is at war with God and with those who seek to follow God.

There will not be peace until Jesus returns and defeats the world.

In the meantime, as Jesus tells us in today’s verse…the world hates us.

The world doesn’t just disagree with us…it hates us.

This means that we shouldn’t be surprised when those who have fallen under the spell of our enemy and his world system oppose us.

But we are to hate the world system…not the individuals who are under its control.

Jesus speaks these words to the disciples…and to us…so that we will not be surprised that the world hates us.

We should be surprised and cautious when the world seems to love us.

In our practice of medicine, we naturally and correctly desire to be at peace with those we care for and work with.

But there will be occasions when we are asked to do something that goes against our faith such as an infertility workup on someone who isn’t married.

They will be actions that are accepted by the world…but not by God.

The war will be uncovered when we refuse those requests…

We may be reviled…insulted…even sued.

We shouldn’t be surprised…after all…the world hates us.

When asked to do something against the desire of God…be courageous and stand your ground.

Don’t hate them back…stand firm as the soldier you are.

Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to take the stands I need to take in my practice of medicine.

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