Paul acknowledges that it is not easy to be either Church...or an individual in the church. He speaks to the reality that humanity would much rather see conformity to the world that the transformation of it through the love of Christ. He is quite direct: "be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect." This is the disciple's challenge that we are called upon to accept and build upon. From the 1st century forward, though, Paul understands that this is just where we all stumble and fall. We get confused about what directions to take in life because the noise and tumult of conflict and controversy demand our attention. We lose sight of the fact that there are many members of this Body, each with unique gifts and callings. It is not about conformity to some envisioned standard of what is acceptable, but a willingness to be guided into what is about to become. In that, God's will for us is realized.
I understand that, again, in the wake of our mission trip to Guatemala. Paul is not equivocating when he exhorts us to "let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor."
As Paul said, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."