4 Ways the World Will Pressure You to Conform
Akin lays out four ways in which the Babylonian empire sought to bring the Jewish exiles in line with their pagan ways. These strategies show us how the world, in every era, can pressure Christians to conform.
I would suggest, however, that we now have every reason to believe that we may be entering “the Baptist moment.” As cultural Christianity takes its final breaths, Baptists may be ousted from any place of prominent cultural influence, but our theological convictions uniquely situate us to respond to the challenges posed by late modernity.
Another reason prayer is difficult is because we often don’t know how to pray. Thankfully, Jesus, the perfect teacher and a model prayer warrior, teaches us how to pray.
This means that my children who profess faith in Jesus will go through a refinement process. But refinement means fire—and fire means pain. It means they’ll spend every day fighting against their flesh and against the world. They’ll be ridiculed. They’ll groan with aching bodies for their heavenly home. They’ll have earthly comforts taken from them by a hand that wants to give them so much more.
I often hear from Christians who want to find a mentor, but aren’t sure how to go about that. Often these believers know they would benefit from this kind of relationship, but they don’t know how it starts or what they should be doing. Here is some guidance on finding a mentor: