Let’s think more about this idea of FUN, shall we? Healthy, human life must include a strong factor of FUN! Many Jesus-followers that I know and have known are sober, somber, and somnolent (a word meaning sleepy)! We simply “don’t get out much.” We seldom have FUN with each other, much less with the world (its citizens).
There is, of course, a fear factor. For many the fear is that, if we spend much time with sinners, we will become like them. We will adopt their sinful habits. We will compromise our morals. And that risk is very real.
However, Jesus spent time with sinners. And He did not cave in to their sinfulness. Perhaps the real struggle with many Jesus-followers is not a fear of compromise, but a refusal to spend their time with the lost. They may not be tempted to drink or curse or philander, but they simply don’t want to be in uncomfortable situations with those who do. Comfort, not conformity, is the issue.
I’ve been in situations with my unsaved tennis friends where they have offered me a drink. I don’t make a bit deal out of my tee-totalism. I tell them that if I were to drink a beer, I’d probably throw up on the court! And so I have a soft drink with them. Companionship, not sinful compromise, seems to be what they are seeking with me. (By the way, Jesus drank with sinners. Yes, my Baptist friends. He did. Afterall, He was charged with being a drunkard. But let’s not get bogged down in that issue.).
We will continue our discussion on this critical topic in our next post. BUT I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW. In the Comments’ section below, please describe briefly one relationship that you have with an unsaved friend. Really. (to be continued)