Yes God’s Word commands us to “Love Not the World, neither the things that are in the world. . . (1 John 2: 15a), but the question is why is The Triune God so concerned about this type of love? Any Christian worth his or her salt — i.e. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. . . (Matthew 5: 13)”–knows and understands that there is not much in his present world to love!
All that would seem lasting and familiar in this world is subject to constant change. In fact, nothing in this present life is stable. In fact “all that is in the world” is getting more and more unstable every day. When some Christians think they have the perfect job, Satan moves in their surroundings and the “rug” in that job is pulled out from under them. Haphazardly, the same can happen in a home, in a marriage, even among parents and children. And have you noticed that many more people around you are fearful, even nervous about what the future holds.
Nature certainly is no bed of comfort. Statistics show that natural disasters have increased in the United States and around the world some 78%. Politics reeks of instability just as much. Now we have thugs, who disagree with political outcomes, destroying business properties, physically assaulting those who disagree with them, and denying others the right of free speech. Moreover, there is so much fear in some communities that it has become “normal” for citizens to fear leaving their homes because streets are filled with killer gangs and deadly gun violence.
In addition, middle and lower income American citizens—as well as the vast majority of people in the whole world—live constantly with the fact that some 80% of the wealth in the earth is owned by just a handful of men. Again, no comfort in any of these thoughts, or in the realization that most people with whom believers come in contact with are ardently selfish, ego-centered and filled with concentrated, fulfillment seeking only to consume their own desires—this can be true, especially for those who claim to be church-going Christians.
However, the believer’s job, as the “salt” of the earth, is to pray away these types of attacking dangers, to pray for their families, their neighbors, their cities, their states and their nation—and especially for their fellow Christians–so that particularly the man-made fears can be lessened and destroyed. Such prayers, especially in families, groups and churches even have the power to ask God to move away natural disasters.
Moreover, God’s people must reinforce in their souls, the understanding from wholesale Christian Bibles that “Satan is the god of this world.” He knows that his ‘bells and whistles’ soon grow old and stale, so he keeps trying to invent new schemes in order to keep people yearning for ‘cotton candy’ nothingness that can never fulfill or satisfy. But as he keeps them chasing after that which can never satisfy the soul and spirit, he nonetheless leads them closer and closer to hell as their eternal homes.
This inherent instability in world cultures must have been true thousands of years ago, because Apostle John finishes his wisdom advice about loving the things of this world with: “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 15b – 17).” Thus, he contrasts those temporary things of this present life—which will all pass away—with the treasures of eternal life which true believers will possess forever and ever.
Apostle Paul places the bar of loving this present world at an even higher—i.e. or lower—risk when he writes: “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4: 10). Thessalonica was a particularly ungodly pagan city. Apostle Peter further adds about those who insist upon loving this present world: “ . . . Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; (2 Peter 2: 15). What are all the Apostles telling believers who live in this early 21st century? They warn and insist that genuine Christians, who persist in loving this world, are indeed risking the loss of their own eternal salvation.