Exclusivity

Exclusivity

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?

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. A beautiful message! Yes, we need to show love to everyone, not just a particular type or group of people. Thank you for this special reminder. 🙂

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by, Melissa!

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  2. I agree. We were told to “go” and make disciples, meaning we leave our comfort zone. Christians should practice being less impacted by the rough edges of unbelievers and more able to let it all roll off our back so we can spend time with them.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    I agree. I think some of us get so caught up in surrounding ourselves with “good” that we forget the great commission.

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  3. Toni,

    This is such a good reminder to us as Christians. It’s so easy to get comfortable in our groups and forget there is a real world out there that we should be reaching out to. Thanks for the reminder.

    Blessings~

    Robbie

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    So true! Thanks for stopping by, Robbie!

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  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    I love your analogy with the light Toni. I’m going to remember that…. Thanks for sharing! We do need to be light in a dark world. We can do this without doing what the world does. If we speak truth into people’s lives, the Holy Spirit takes over and does His work in the hearts of others.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thank you, Laurie. It just hit me in church one day. Like you said, we don’t have to be like the world, but we do need to speak the truth in love and light other’s lives.

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  5. Tina Dorward says:

    Loved your message Toni!

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thanks, Tina!

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