November 13, 2008

Separation and Division

(This post is inspired by a woman that I work with. She is a "minister," though it's not clear in what capacity she means that.)

Deanna* is a self-proclaimed Christian and unabashedly speaks about Christ and God's kingdom while at work. One of her comments this morning was that she "doesn't allow people to drink in front of [her]." Her reason? People need to see a separation between what they themselves do (drink) and what she does (not drink). This is in order that they might see how she is a person "separated unto God."

What do you think: should we go where people drink, gamble or otherwise do questionable things and evangelize to them there, or should we make moves to literally separate ourselves from those places and minister to people at times and in places where there attention is all yours?

The broader question is how much do we separate ourselves from unbelievers in particular and the world in general? We are, we believe, already made separate in spirit by God Himself, so do we need to restrict ourselves from certain people, places or situations that might compromise us, or our "separateness?"

Is choosing to set ourselves aside actually creating a division between us and the world that shouldn't be there?

Well, what do you think? Please comment.

*Name has been changed


Farmgirl Cyn said...

"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.....for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Matt. 9:12-13
Also Romans 10:14-15

Cindy (Joy's MI friend)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Dang it, I don't have time to comment on this one like I want to. All we have to do is look at Jesus though - he was not waiting in the synogoge for people to come in. He ministered on site.

(How do you activate spell check on this thing! Underlining the word alone does not help me!!!)


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