The World is crowding in. On every side and in every way. Everything wants to be more important to us than God.
For those of us who love God, the struggle is real. To keep the distractions and temptations at a distance. To not make idols of our work, our friends, our activities, ourselves. Especially ourselves. We tend to think of ourselves much more highly than we ought. Thankfully, God reminds us in Scripture, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." --Romans 12:1-2
God commands us to be sacrificed, to give up our lives to him as our act of worship, to stop living for the world and live only for him. We are sacrifices; our lives are sacrifices.
Then he tells us what this looks like, "Do not be conformed to this world." God is a transformer of minds! and hearts! and lives! He makes us new, reborn in his image, so that we may be one with Christ.
This is radical. Complete transformation and complete rejection of the world is radical. But this is what we are called to do and what God works in us. This is our goal in life -- to live for Christ, remade in his image. And we want to make this radical transformation, because Jesus is worth it.
Here we are, at the beginning of a new school year, proclaiming the worthiness of Christ, committing ourselves to live in a way that goes against the world. Can you picture a school less like the world than Coram Deo? (at least in the USA) Everything about us goes against the norms of American society.
If you think about how different our school is, it shouldn't make you concerned, not when you consider God's command, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind." There is comfort in this lovely command, and hope, because we are not like the world in so many ways.
But God's command is also a challenge and a reminder. We know our hearts are so easily tempted. We constantly feel drawn to the things of the world; they're so familiar to our nature.
Be reminded. Jesus is worth it. We are here because he is worth it.
We at Coram Deo dedicate ourselves to serve Christ and each other during this school year. We intend to be radically different, not citizens of the world, but citizens of the kingdom of God. We invite you all to be radically different with us, in the Presence of God.