Sometimes it is easy for us to be “whited sepulchers.” It is tempting for us to point the finger of wordliness at others who are not quite as “righteous” as we are (whatever this standard of righteousness may be). I came across an outstanding definition of wordliness. It does not let any one of us off the hook:
Wordliness means accepting the values, mores, and practices of the nice, but unbelieving, society around us without discerning whether or not those values, mores, and practices are biblical. Wordliness is just going along with the culture around us as long a that culture is not obviously sinful (Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, 166).
May the standard of holiness always be God’s perfection, not the “nice” elements of culture around us.