Living Among Those Who Do Not Believe

The history of the church is one of the pendulum swinging from cultural accommodation to religious isolationism.  The Church in Corinth became just like their surroundings in a worldly city.  Galatians, on the other hand, were ready to go back to a strict legalism.  Monasticism through the ages have gone through repeated cycles of accommodation and isolation.  We still do it today‚Äôs with our liberals and fundamentalists.  But here, in a simple verse near the end of Colossians, Paul sets a different course.