It is disturbing when culture sets the trend for what is right or wrong, especially when it flies in the face of divinely revealed definitions. Too often, Christians succumb to the fickle standards of the Church of the Latest Urge, replete with unbiblical activities and speech patterns void of any biblical meaning or authority (1 Peter 4:11), and destined for damnation (Matthew 15:8-9).

Paul urged us to think differently. He invites us: “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

Notice the plus and minus of spiritual growth in what is right. The negative: do not conform to the world. Longing to be “like all the nations” has caused problems for God’s people more than once (1 Samuel 8:20). When the distinction cannot be made between the Christian and cultural claptrap, one needs to rethink his or her relationship with God. The positive: transform yourself. Never be self-satisfied in your present level of spiritual maturity but keep the goal of Christ-like living ever before you (Philippians 3:13-14) – only when you reach sinless perfection you can quit changing for the better.

In order to become Christ-like, one must be willing to attain and practice the knowledge of actual right and avoid that which is wrong as revealed by God. Christ is our final authority and it is through Him that we begin and maintain our relationship with God. This can only happen if we are transforming. A cultural rearrangement of “rwong” doesn’t make it right; it’s still just wrong.