Some thoughts as we head into Lent: what do we do to live in a culture that is hostile to our faith? Here is Joel J. Miller:
...the wisdom books called their hearers and readers to recognize that the fear of God was the summit of wisdom — piety and obedience its hallmarks. For Christians, piety and obedience find their fulfillment in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, the eternal word and wisdom of the Father.
It is easy to lose sight of God, to let him slip the mind, to make moral compromises for short-term gains. How much more so when the culture seems stacked against us? Most of us would never say, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” but it’s something we do often enough, regardless. We should return to the pages of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Sirach and remember that all but the wholehearted pursuit of God during our earthly sojourn is vanity.
Such a remembrance is the only way to avoid becoming absorbed by the world, rather than serving as salt and light in the world.