8And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 
I believe that every Christian needs to understand the difference between the world and the followers of Christ. But I fear that very few do. Without going into a long dissertation, God showed me the world instantaneously one day and from that time on I have never resolved to be of the world anymore.
The question is 'How do I live in the world and not be of the world'? Maybe we can't physically, but spiritually you can. This is the rebirth. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 
Now the spirit is renewed and you have a different picture of how things should be.
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 
As you read the above Bible scripture, you might possibly wonder how can you be a part of what is going on in this world and not sense that it is impossible to separate yourself or highly improbable that anyone could. But, I say to you, you can.
If I were to give advice, which I rarely do, I would generally say to the average person under your current circumstances you can't. 
All physical things are of the world. 
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Many spiritual things are of this world.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
As you begin to study the Bible, it seems as though many times the people followed the God of Abraham and were blessed. But, inevitably they all turned and went astray. History always repeats itself. The very things that will deceive us and cause us to be lead astray are the very things we care so much about and fight for.
We have heard much in our youth about nationalism, love of country and devotion to a national sovereignty. Today this is not the magic carpet ride to joy. Nationalism causes dessent and divisiveness much as religion and politics. So, we are into the 'New World Order' of things. The point in mentioning these thing is that at one time this country was founded on Godly principles. Just one example. The seven year bankruptcy law, where did it come from? 
The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.  Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
The commandments of the Bible were all laws associated with the new nation and it's inhabitants. The things that were so good and descent to us are beginning to fall away. The problem is we still cling to the notion or idea that we are a Godly people and therefore our laws and ideals are sufficient to carry us through. But, are they? Do we take for granted that God will always be at our side? 
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
What's the point? The point is that we are so deep in the rudaments and traditions of things that once were good and have gone bad, we can't see the forrest for the trees, i.e., we can't tell the world from where we should be in the body of Christ.
We have been blessed so long with so much till we think God is just giving us our due for our wonderful traits and behaviors. Hence, we are decieved into the worldly kingdom we are told to not be of. 
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are conformed to this world. Look at the make up of the churches. The same people are in there that are doing the things of the world. The Lawyer just got John and Sue a divorce last Wednesday and is teaching Sunday School here Sunday. Now in his mind this is just a routine task in performing his job, but in God's eyes the covenant relationship is not for anyone of the world to differ with. 
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 
The courthouse is not a Godly or righteous place, neither it's judgments. It is the world. You are not of the world. Will you be judged by the world if you run a red light? Yes you will. You have been judged by the world for the physical world errors you've made in the past. The world is not a spiritual place, it is uniquely physical knowing only physical things.
The other worldly man, the Sunday school teacher, a psychiatrist teaches his class out of the Bible. Is his job of the world? He studies the physical mind and thoughts of the world. He analyzes everyone in light of the world. He even Hypnotizes in certain instances to reach the deepest recesses of one's mind, delving into the demonic spiritual realms. Is this of God? Certainly not, it is of the world. The world doesn't  understand the mind. They understand actions related to the world thus conforming all patients to the world. If you are not as the world who has taught him about you, you have a problem. Psychiatry is new aged witchcraft. Spirituality and carnality do not go hand in hand.
The doctor has a Sunday school class and discusses with the class how wonderful modern medicine has transformed the world. Is he of the world or just in the world? He is of the world.  
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
Here is the local pharmacist with his sorcories. Is he of the world?  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God." And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries (drugs) for a long time. But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
We begin to see how the world and the church have become synomomus with each other. Most everyone in the local church in this country is of the world. Doing the same things, talking, acting, driving, buying things just as the world today. They live in houses that look the same and act much as the world. Jesus said you must be set apart. They have their mortgages.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Are these professions honorable? They are to men, but I think you need to understand what is of the world and what is of God. Understanding what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God is the key to understanding the deception in these last days.
As I listen to the environmentalist go on about their lot in this world, it seems so trivial. They are out there trying to save a dying planet that will die no matter what they do. They persocute and make life miserable for many.
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
For the Lord has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away, 
The world languishes and fades away; 
The haughty people of the earth languish.
5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, 
Because they have transgressed the laws, 
Changed the ordinance, 
Broken the everlasting covenant.4
Clearly we should not abuse the world, but this world will pass away when God's purpose for it is done. Sin is why the earth is defiled. Man cannot and will not destroy the earth. The devil through the world is trying to preserve it pristine to use for himself, but he doesn't and will not own it
So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Until you can see the world apart from yourself there is no hope. You can vote all you want to, holler and scream, do all the same things the people of the world do, It;s not going to change things. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.   Christian's were to be a light to the world not a militia. Let the casino's be, they belong to the world. Let the x-rated movies go on, they are of the world. These things should not bother you. The Bible clearly described the things that were shortly, in heavenly terms, to come to pass on the earth. When you begin to see these things 'look up'. The Bilble says that because of these things our redemption would be hastened, the days cut short. 
The world loves it's sin, let them have it. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  Jesus only got upset about the church and the evil in it. Today, noone is upset about the evil in the church. There are more abominations than ever and the church doesn't concern itself with that. But, they will go out and talk about what the world is doing wrong. No small wonder everyone in and of the world thinks the church is full of hypocrites. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. till ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  
My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.