The Tale of Two Rivers
You’ll need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to appreciate this illustration. If you have Google Earth, type in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. At the southern end of the Lake, the Rhone River begins. As the Rhone passes through Geneva, it is one of the most beautiful of rivers – green as emerald, yet clear as glass. You will also notice that coming from the East is another river of about the same size which flows parallel to the Rhone but is muddy-colored. The second river is the Arve River. The Arve is carrying with it the wash of the mountains and the mud of the valley. Just below Geneva these two rivers unite and flow together and for a brief while, although the rivers are joined in one channel, they are still distinct. But as the rivers round the second bend, the vivid emerald color is gone and the two rivers, now called by one name – the Rhone – possess the characteristics of the muddy Arve.
For those seeking to live Kaleo, this is a striking reminder that evil, filth, dirt will corrupt (see the bible’s teaching on this in 1 Corinthians 15:33). If we desire to live Kaleo, it is imperative that we remain dedicated to the Lord, distinguished by our uncompromising commitment to Jesus Christ and his teachings and values. The moment we compromise our position we begin to surrender our Kaleo and if this persists we will, in time, be indistinguishable from those polluted by filth. And I’m not talking about living a monastic asceticism nor militant separatism here. Neither will achieve absolute purity, for as the bible says, you’d have to leave the world for that to happen (1 Corinthians 5:10).
What I am asking us to evaluate is:
(a) Who is in my inner-circle of influence (Psalm 1; 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1)? (b) What is the character of those close to me (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)? (c) What am I allowing into my world relationally, visually, intellectually through the websites I visit, books I read, movies I watch (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)?
Remember, you are either leaving a mark on the world or the world is leaving a mark on you.