Drinking Deeply

Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 2:03 PM

No man left behind

In Acts 18, Paul does something that often happens in his ministry, after getting rejected by the Jews, he wipes the dust off his feet and walks away.

5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue.

So that brings up a most interesting question. It certainly is appropriate to walk away and wash our hands when people revile us and reject the gospel, but how far does that go? What about the friend who decides that church isn't interesting anymore, that they are better off sleeping in on Sunday and getting some homework done. Who doesn't really attend church or fellowship at all, but only hangs out with a few Christian friends?

Ought we to wash our hands of that too? Or should we continue to sacrifice our time and effort trying to reach out to them and evangelize (or encourage) them?

From a pragmatic standpoint, it's a lot easier to give up on someone like that, and if we never gave up on anyone, we would hardly have time to pursue God and love our Christian neighbors, that's certainly not the biblical way.

So where's the line? Should we continue trying to reach out to (insert name here)? How long? And when do we move them from our list of priority A to B?


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