Carnality. A profound result of an unrepentant heart. The wish to look and act like all the “Babylonian Meat” around us. That is a play on ‘carnal,’ which is literally ‘fleshly’ or ‘meatly.’ And we are in exile, so – the ‘meat’ around us is Babylonian, so to speak, metaphorically. We are called to walk according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Repentance can deliver us from the tendency to chase after the flesh.
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual [people] but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able [to receive it], and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where [there are] envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like [mere] men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NKJV)
If we truly want Almighty God to reign supreme in our midst, we must grow up, and put aside envy, strife, and divisions.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.” (Psalm 51:10, CJB)