The world is in a moral state of darkness as we can see from the peril, tragedy, and injustice that currently exists. The church is supposed to shine forth as a guide to those engulfed in darkness. When we look at the moon, we are only seeing the light that is reflected from the sun.
Symbolically, the church is the moon reflecting the light from the Sun of righteousness which is Jesus Christ which is described in Malachi 4:2. It’s safe to say that we are a mirror reflecting not ourselves, but the magnificent love of Christ. When the world looks at us they should not see their own reflection. The Old Testament is most assuredly for the learning of the Church.
In Exodus, we see an emphatic warning from the Lord given to Israel in regards to separating themselves from pagan worship. Satan, much like Pharaoh, wants the church to compromise in their worship of the one true God. In Exodus we see Moses petitioning Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the wilderness at Sinai so that they could have a feast unto the Lord.
With each petition, Pharaoh would propose a compromise. Exodus 8:28 reads, “And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.” Here, Pharaoh is saying that he would consent to them offering a sacrifice to Yahweh, but they couldn’t go far away and would have to do so in the land of Egypt.
This attempt to make the children of Israel compromise in worship is still taking place today within the church. It’s vital to consider that Satan is not bothered by you attending church as long as you don’t become a church as in 1 Corinthians 6:19. In an attempt to draw larger crowds, many churches have incorporated a concert-like atmospheres including fog and strobe lights. It seems as if the church is earnestly trying to provide Christian alternatives to secular experiences.
While I can empathize with the strategy, how much is too much? During the 400 years of captivity in Egypt, the Israelites had subconsciously adopted many of the Egyptian ways. We see this illustrated by the golden calf that was made during Moses’ long stay on Mt. Sinai. There was a significant reason that God lead them to the wilderness before taking them into Canaan.
He had to recondition their minds to learn how to properly worship a Holy God and to circumcise the Egyptian foreskin from their hearts. God deals with us in the same way. When we exit bondage and get filled with the Holy Spirit, we have to learn everything over again as we become newborns in Christ.
The ways of the world have to be cleansed from us. Romans 12:12 reads, “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.”
It is vital that the church leaves the luggage of Egypt behind as we approach Canaan.