As much as I enjoy thinking out loud on this blog, often I long simply for the thoughts and opinions of others on a certain topic as I think through it myself, having not necessarily come to a solid conclusion on a matter.
And why must I “come to a solid conclusion” on a matter? I don’t know. (Does not everyone feel this need?) I wrestle with thoughts and ideas almost consistently (day and night) until I feel like I’ve wrestled it to the ground and have come to some declarative decision. (I can’t even enjoy a good shower! My children knock on the door….“Mom, who are you talking to?” *blush*)
I’ve thought a lot lately about truth and the Bible. I’ve wondered if we take it far too lightly, not brave enough to want to know what’s really written there. It seems that more and more, as it grates against our natural desires, we find convenient ways of dismissing the instructions, or dismissing its authority all together. Do you sense that? And yet, all our faculties–if we’ll be honest–will attest to its timeless, infallible truth, playing out in the world around us.
The following verses jumped out at me today. What do they mean for us now, in this century, in this day? I wanted to offer the comment section for your thoughts.
What does it mean in our modern times to be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers” and how do we really “come out from among them and be separate” and still display love and compassion for the lost? How practically-speaking are these verses? What do they look like fleshed out?
“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”