"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
I heard a politician say this week, "I don't let my religious beliefs interfere with my decision making." And while it's not my place to judge the faith of another, I have to wonder how a believer's beliefs could possibly NOT influence their decision making. Isn't that the entire point of faith? That we live a certain way and believe a certain way based on God's values? Values that are very much in contrast with the fallen world we live in?
We see this a lot these days--this is a question often asked in confirmation hearings. I think it's an inappropriate question myself, but it is commonly asked. You could certainly never ask that question in the private sector when you're hiring an employee--there's laws that say you absolutely can not do that. Why our elected officials feel it's appropriate to get into somebody's religious beliefs I have no answer for.
So ask yourself this question. Who sets the standard in your life? God or society? Can you be both a Christian and conform to the ways of the world?
Check your Bible on that question.
~Todd E. Creason