New vs Worldly

I just thought a little too deeply on something and now I have a question. Is it just me, or does the church sometimes seem to use the word “worldly” to be synonymous with “new”? If I see a new haircut that I’ve never seen before, decide I like the looks of it, get my hair cut in that way, and head to church on Sunday should the church accuse me of having a “worldly” haircut? Who decided what a non-worldly haircut looked like? Is it whatever social norm was present when the denomination was founded? Is a spiritually minded haircut parted on the side?

Sometimes I’d just like to know what standard I’m being measured against if it is not directly from the scriptures.

Matthew 13:22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Romans 12:2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

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2 Responses to New vs Worldly

  1. brian says:

    yeah, I think that’s true to a certain extent. Especially with things like music.

  2. Roger says:

    Oh, yes, music, too! I’m not sure we sing anything written more recently than Rich Mullins’ “Awesome God”.

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