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Time for the Non-Believer to Get Lost?

At what point do you tell someone not to come around anymore? This sounds really harsh, but maybe the situation is warranted. I have plenty of non-believing friends and I of course am not simply discarding them. What kind of witness would that be? For friends who have known me for a long time, before I became Christian, maybe the changes in my life can be a witness to them. Jesus’ family’s reaction to his ministry, thinking he had lost his mind, shows possibly how best to treat someone close. Let the actions speak for you; the deeds that are a result of saving faith.

But there is a young kid who is a friend of a church member who has come to several of our outreach events. Cool, you say and I would wholeheartedly agree. And I was excited to see him after the last service this Easter Sunday. It was an incredibly powerful day, with I am sure several lives on there way to big changes, so I was sure it must have moved him in some way. So I asked him, how was the message? To which, he just shrugged his shoulders.

Several of us were headed to dinner. After figuring out where we were going for dinner, I called up his friend from our church who he was with to see if they wanted to join us. He ended up sitting next to me and we started to have a conversation. So again, I asked how was the message. To which, he shrugged his shoulders and kind of smiled, shook his head like it was nothing special and didn’t really have any impact on him. But what I then found out because the friend, a church member, told me. He hadn’t been at any of the services. He just showed up for the dinner and to hang out.

Now I am not suggesting the friend not see him anymore. But I honestly think it would be greater incentive, maybe causing this kid to actually read the Bible, come to a sermon or ask a question, if we explained the seriousness of his choices and asked him not to come around. This might really have some kind of impact on him. What good is anyone doing him if we are acting all friendly and the kid ends up in hell?

2 Corinthians 6:14-17     Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

Well, I’m not personally yoked with this kid and I don’t want to be under these circumstances. There are so many people in this country who have never heard the Word at all and are curious. I would much rather spend some time with them.

Proverbs 14:8     The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

So which am I being? Am I being selfish?

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