“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).
Every moment of the day we are being shaped, discipled, molded.
If we do nothing, if we are complacent, if we do not discipline our thinking, we are constantly being shaped by unhealthy ideologies, discipled by social media, and being molded by false beliefs of the popular culture. It’s no wonder you can’t tell a difference in the way most “Christians” think and perceive the world around them from those who do not know Jesus Christ. The same things are important to both. The same things are valued by both. There is no difference.
Or, we are being shaped, discipled, and being molded by God’s truth revealed in his Holy Scripture, by solid biblical teaching and preaching, and through the peer-pressure of other God-believing Christians. When the Bible shapes our character and our values, there is a visible and tangible difference in the things that Christ-followers value compared to those who do not know Jesus.
When Paul writes, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world…” Paul has in mind the image of a mold squeezing and tightening clay. The world is constantly pressuring Christians to act like the world. The political correctness of “woke” people put the squeeze on Biblical committed ideologies.
Be wise on who is shaping, discipling, and molding you. If you are a Christ-follower, this is a no brainer. The word of God is our authority.