Friends, there’s been something on my heart these past few weeks. It’s something that I hear a lot from non-believers and even from some believers. It’s exclusivity.
There are some believers who refuse to hang around non-believers. I get it. I’ve seen arguments on why it’s right: don’t be unequally yoke, don’t let bad corrupt good, etc.
I’ve also seen arguments on why we shouldn’t: Jesus ate with sinners, we need to spread the Gospel, etc.
Today, I want to share my opinion on why exclusivity is wrong. And to me, it’s quite simple. Who needs another light bulb in a room that’s already lit?
Jesus called us to be a light to those in darkness, but if all we’re doing is shining around a bunch of lights, we’re not fulfilling His command.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16 KJV
Can you imagine being trapped in a dark room? No light to tell you if there’s anyone, or anything, in there with you? No light to let you know if there’s an available exit. You can fumble around and use your other senses, but if there are objects in the room, you’re guaranteed to get hurt.
Have you seen the news lately? There are millions out in the world hurt, trapped by darkness. If we (Christians) are only hanging out with other Christians, then those that are lost, will stay that way. They’ll continue hurting themselves and others because there is no light.
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
– Matthew 4:16 KJV
Y’all, we have to help out our fellow man. We need to shine our light, because that light isn’t of our own doing. It’s the reflection of our Heavenly Father. We are merely a conduit and standing around other light bulbs doesn’t further the kingdom. Imagine those who could benefit from a light source. Imagine what it would be like for them to suddenly be able to see.
It would be that spark of hope in which they no longer believed existed. We have a duty to fulfill God’s commandments and to help our fellow man, after all, isn’t that what loving them is all about?