Okay, I want to talk about something that might or might not get me in trouble….?
My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ (those who are not Christians, this is actually a really good time for you to let me know what you think) we are all overthinking the “in the world, but not of the world” scripture.
Let’s take a minute to look at what Jesus actually said:
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world (NLT).
I am not convinced, based on what Jesus said, that we are called to live in Bubble Land. It’s just….not even biblical, okay? There’s no other way to say it.
Many Bible teachers hammer home that in order to not be contaminated by evil influences Christians must stay away from non-believers.
Any time I hear this kind of teaching my thoughts go to:
Wow. What about Jesus and the disciples and the early Christians who hung out with all kinds of people?
Seriously. You can’t read the New Testament and reach the conclusion that it was the nonbelievers’ fault for a Christian’s poor behavior.
If anything, Paul (and the others) chastised the Christians for their weak faith, for not following the teachings of the Bible. It was his or her own choice!
This is why having a home base–be it a friend, your family, or a small group–is key. You can’t live a missional lifestyle and not be accountable to someone.
Choosing to not share the gospel because you want to live in a bubble is not okay.