The Christian and the world?

by Octavius Winslow

The Christian may be compared to an individual
who has thrown off allegiance to his king, has
disowned his country, and refuses obedience to
its laws; yet continues to dwell in the land he
has renounced.

The grace of God has called us out of the world;
yet the providence of God has sent us into the
world.  We may, therefore, expect nothing but
hostility from the god of this world, and hatred
from the world itself.

The world will never forgive the act by which we....
   broke from its thraldom,
   renounced its sway,
   relinquished its pleasures, and
   resigned its friendships.