Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father.” (1 John 2:15, GNB)

Love of the world and love of God the Father are fundamentally incompatible.  One cannot love the one and also love the other.

It’s important to understand what John means by “the world.”  He doesn’t mean that we cannot love the created universe, God created the world and we should love what he has created!  This is not the way that John uses “world” here.

In this passage John uses the word “world” [kosmos for Greek studs] to refer to  “the system of practices and standards associated with secular society (that is, without reference to any demands or requirements of God)—‘world system, world’s standards, world.’” [Louw-Nida]  The Bible Knowledge Commentary refers to “the world” as “an entity hostile to God.”  Thus the incompatibility.

As followers of Jesus Christ we ought to love God and not love the influence of secular society and all of its opposition to God and penchant for doing whatever it desires and encouraging all members of society to do the same.  This is in direct opposition to what God requires.

We are in the process of seeing our own society become more and more hostile to God and the attempt to squeeze Christians into the same mold.  We must not do that because we love God over and above all things.

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