I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately:
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
What do you make of this? Do you have many people in your life who are unbelievers?
I’ve hady many friends who are unbelievers but have come to a point in life when I’m not very comfortable with people who have no faith or belong to a different religion. I don’t know why that is, perhaps I’ve become so determined to follow God that everything that is against Him somehow feels wrong. In the past I was influenced by my unbelieving friends in a negative way that resulted in moral relativism, cynicism and attitudes that go against Christian principles. These days I am older and hopefully smarter and know how to set the boundaries and to trust God. But has the danger gone away? I wonder how all the co-habiting couples that I know influenece my attitudes towards chastity and marriage. I’m not exactly horrified by their lifestyle choices, although I probably should be. (I’m married so no danger of living in sin, I’m just using this as an example).
St. Paul is very clear about Christians not being bound with unbelievers. The context of the whole passage is about principles for the Church to live by. Should we Christians stick together and avoid unbelievers in order to grow in faith and be strong in faith and never forget that we are not of this world? I think this is what he expected of the church in Corinth in order to grow in purity of heart and holiness.
What do you think about this? How do we manage to be tolerant, charitable and loving towards people and at the same time follow this teaching?