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The Example of Christ (8 of 18)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Peter 2:21-25
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Some of you here will remember when Pattie Hurst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army from her Berkeley, California, apartment in February of 1974. In return for her release, Pattie's kidnappers demanded that her father, Randolph Hurst, give millions of dollars to the poor. On April 15, 1974, the FBI identified Pattie in a videotape of a bank holdup in San Francisco. On September 18 of that year Pattie was captured. She served nearly three years in prison for her crime.
Pattie Hurst suffered from what has come to be known as the Stockholm Syndrome. This condition affects some hostages who are so traumatized by their captivity that they identify with, and become sympathetic to, their captors. This syndrome gets its name from the 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm in which one of the hostages fell in love with her captor. People who fall prey to the Stockholm Syndrome, in essence, sleep with the enemy.
We've got a lot of Christians today who are sleeping with the enemy, and the enemy is the world.
We have got to come apart from the world and be separate. Have you ever heard the expression: "the cream of the crop?" Have you ever wondered where that expression came from? Maybe you remember the old cream separators on the farm, when the milk from the barn turned the crank and the cream comes out the top spigot, while the milk exits from the bottom. Before milk was homogenized and still put in glass bottles, there was a distinct line. The top portion was "cream" colored while the rest of the contents was white. The cream on the top was richer, thicker, and more expensive when sold separately. It was separated from the milk.
Christians are to be the cream of the crop, a separated people. The primary basis for our separation is founded in the very nature of God. The Greek and Hebrew words for "holy" l ...
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