How to be Innocent but Wise
Following God molds you into who He wants you to be. It's a process that involves a lot of letting go of who you think you are and exchanging it for who He truly created you to be. It can be painful to let go of what you thought was making you secure but you're then able to receive something that's eternal.
In Matthew 10:16, Jesus warns, "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Living out this one scripture alone will set you apart from the majority of society. To be innocent does not mean that you are unaware of what is happening. But instead it's a refusal to be apart of the perversion that takes place throughout most of society.
When I was younger, I felt left out when groups of people would start telling certain jokes and I wouldn't understand them. I knew the meaning behind it by the way they smiled. Sometimes I would even laugh along too, just to show that I could be included. Even after they were explained, I would just nod my head in agreement, not knowing what they had just said. I have always had a relationship with God and I have done my best to please Him. I believe that's why I had an innocence about me. The perversion of what God has created to be good seems natural to most people because that's what a lot of people talk about. There are a lot of good people who speak perversion and I have not been completely innocent of this myself. But God created a different way of thinking and speaking, even if it seems that now it is against the norm to do so. It's okay to stand out.
If it's good to be innocent about perversion, then what do we need to be wise about? You can be innocent as to the way of the world, but you can still set boundaries, and you can still love people of the world. You need to know what situations to get out of and what situations could serve as a good place to minister. I have heard of people who lived a certain scene of life for a while before they met Jesus and afterwards, they went back into those places in order to minister to those people. But I have heard of other stories where those people who have been radically touched by God's love needed to stay away from the places they used to be in because there was a strong temptation for them to go back. God is able to make all things possible but you need to discern what path is best for you.