Ever notice how the word “wholesome” isn’t much of a compliment these days? While technically it means having good health and upstanding morals, it’s come to mean unsophisticated, naïve, prudish, goody-goody, and most decidedly “uncool.”
The other superheroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron even teased Captain America for being gentlemanly, compassionate and not using swear words (in other words: he got ribbed for being the wholesome guy). As if he didn’t have a hard enough time fighting the forces of evil, poor Cap had to deal with his friends’ taunts, too!
It’s hard sometimes when you want to live in a wholesome, pure, holy way, yet all around you society is urging you to do whatever “feels good” or makes you happy. You get called out for following the rules, for being the one who chooses to “just say no” when everyone is saying yes. Sometimes it might feel like you’re the only one resisting the ways of the world.
If this is you, take heart: you’re on the right path.
God calls us to a life that is free from wickedness. In his letters to the early church and to his young friend, Timothy, the apostle Paul reminds us of this repeatedly:
• “So then, don’t let sin rule your body, so that you do what it wants.” Romans 6:12 CEB
• “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. … Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.” Romans 12:1-2
• “Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
• “Honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
• “You can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you can’t participate in the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21
• “A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do.” Galatians 5:17
• “We appealed to you, encouraged you, and pleaded with you to live lives worthy of the God who is calling you into his own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians
There are many more examples. The bottom line, however, is this: as followers of Christ Jesus, we are urged to resist the temporary temptations of the world and set our sights on Jesus and the promises of eternal life.
We are called to live lives worthy of the Kingdom.
So drink your coffee, read your Bible, and walk in the Lord today, friends. You’re not alone, and who knows? Maybe you’ll be an example to others.