We are continuing February looking at relationships. This week I want to look at our relationship with those outside of our families, which brings us to the question. Is it okay for Christians to have a relationship with non-Christians? To answer that question we have to look at what Paul wrote to the church in Corinth. "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?" 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
We all have people we know who are not Christian, and do not have the same beliefs that we have. Some are good people, so it is easy to be friends and to have a close relationship with them. Paul warns against this type of friendship or fellowship. Why? Paul warns against this type of fellowship because it can be easy to slip back into our old sinful lifestyle. People are easily influenced by those they are close too. We must continually guard against this.
However, as a Christian we need to witness to those old friends so that we may lead them into a relationship with Christ. How do you do that? By allowing others to see the change that has taken place in your life. Once you enter into a relationship with Christ your life should be different. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 This change or transformation should be noticeable, and your old friends should see a difference in your life. This will allow you to witness more effectively than just the words you may speak. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Pastor Paul Cook