Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. - 1 John 2:15-16
The world often applauds sin. The media encourages us to envy sinners and to foolishly compare ourselves with "beautiful people,” and their “perfect lifestyles.” Proverbs 23:17 warns us against this; “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the Lord.” However, this may prove extraordinarily difficult when we love and follow the ways of the world. When we follow our friends in participating in social trends which almost always do not align with the Church, when we miss out on mass to attend to secular desires, when we speak in vulgar tongues and share in gossip, we are placing our love of the world before our love for God.
To continue to love the world the way unbelievers do will cripple our spiritual growth and render us fruitless for God's kingdom. Jesus, in 12:25 commands, “Those who love their life, lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Again in Matthew 10:37, Jesus expresses that even loving our parents or children more than we love Him makes us unworthy. Love should always be at the center of our lives, but even the love we have for those we value most, our families, must come after an unwavering and steadfast love for God.
When we have this love in our hearts at all times, it makes it impossible to put the world before Him. St Augustine, in reference to 1 John describes that “there are two types of loves: of the world, and of God. If the love of the world inhabit, there is no way for the love of God to enter in.” Whatever temptation we succumb to is a reflection of our immoral attachment to the ways of the world. The world is constantly changing and so too do social norms, but sins will always remain sins. Rely on He who never changes. Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis.