The Pattern of This World

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Last time, we spoke of our need to expose the unquestioned beliefs of our culture. The NIV speaks of “the pattern of this world” ; so, what is this pattern that we must not conform to?

Well, the model itself varies from place to place and from time to time. Each society values different things, and teaches us that different things are good or bad. Take a couple of minutes to watch this excerpt from a talk by Tim Keller at the Q conference. The whole message is great, but the part relevant to this subject happens between 7:28 and 11:28 of the video.

Link : Tim Keller : Why Culture Matters on Youtube

So, which perspectives of “good” do we receive from our Québécois (and North American) context? Many of the themes that Keller mentions are pertinent for us, and several others come to my mind as well. No doubt you’re thinking of more (feel free to suggest them in the comments).

We have various a priori beliefs about:

And many others.

In order not to conform to the pattern of this world, and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, it helps immensely to identify what we already believe, that which came to us unquestioned from our culture. So in the next weeks we are going to look more closely at some of these subjects and ask, “What does our society say about this?”, “What does God say about this?” and especially, “How can I believe God more than I believe the world?”

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