Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God continues to live forever.

The final worldview that we will hold up is Marxism. This worldview gave rise to socialism and communism and stands opposed to the structures and ideologies of capitalism. While Marxism fosters a deep distrust and hostility toward organized religion, it also emphasizes higher government regulation for the good of a more equal society.

While this might seem like the least likely worldview to creep into a Christians’ way of thinking, we should not overlook it. As with all opposing worldviews, there are small, and perhaps unassuming, ways that we can let any number of half-truths and destructive influences be folded into our thinking. Few of us are likely to be lined up to cast our vote for a communist society. Yet, one of the more subtle ways we let this worldview shape us is by placing our hope in the powers and structures of the world. Marxist thinking elevates the governmental powers to regulate and determine how resources are accumulated and distributed for the good of a group of people.

While we are called to do everything to bring hope and healing to the broken world around us, at no point has Christ called us to put our hope in any power or authority of this world. There isn’t a president, a form of government, or a policy that will ultimately save us. No earthly structure can redeem the world from the brokenness that sin has caused. As followers of Christ, we must resist any ideologies that tempt us to place our hope in the things of this world. This world is passing away, therefore nothing it has to offer gives lasting hope.

  • How are you tempted to look to the powers, structures, or authorities in the world for hope?
  • How can we live in the context of the world without placing our hope here? How do we continue to hope in Christ while also striving to bring hope and healing around us?
  • Ask the Lord to continue to draw your gaze toward Him, remembering where your hope lies. Ask Him to free you from the temptation to hope in the things of the world to do what only He can.