A Missing Preposition

In but not of is a poor way to live. In fact, the phrase isn't really in the Bible. Yes, you can find Jesus talking about his followers not being of the world (see John 17, for example). But Jesus was not making a point about lifestyle. The point of our life following Christ, the goal of what we're to be about, is not to avoid being "like the world." The mission Jesus has sent us out on, the thing that he discusses over and over again, including in passage like John 17, is that we are to be for the world. We are for something. We have a positive call to make a positive difference.

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