Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. -Romans 12:2 MSG
Wikipedia.org notes that “Transition shock is a state of loss and disorientation produced by a change in one’s familiar environment that requires adjustment.” Similar to a transition shock, when someone’s introduced to a new belief or perhaps visiting an unfamiliar church, they may be skeptical about the new theory being presented or unsettled in the new church environment.
For example, someone who’s accustomed to following a religion, instead of receiving and enjoying a personal relationship with Christ, may experience a transitional surprise. Or, when someone’s brought up singing traditional Hymns, then is introduced to contemporary Christian or gospel music, the difference might shock them.
No matter how strong or weak you are in your faith, be watchful of the culture around you. Don’t allow society to pull you down to its level. It’s ways and people may change, but God’s word never changes. Always be on guard concerning this world’s philosophies. Allow God’s Word and His Spirit to govern your mind, heart, and actions so you’ll not be swayed by false or empty teachings. If you know someone who’s experiencing a transition, be considerate and helpful as they adjust to such changes.
- Praise God for blessing you with His Indwelling Spirit.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment concerning the culture around you.