10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Well, AMEN to that. Jesus didn't believe in spiritual segregration, and neither do I. People who don't know God like those who do, shouldn't be segregated from Christians because they're "sinners." That doesn't mean Christians need to run out to the clubs & get their grooves on so that we're not segregating ourselves from the sinners. It means we need to open our hearts, our homes, our minds, and learn to love people the way God loves us, right where they are. We need to get off our high horses & get out there & reach out to people. We must segregate ourselves from the world. But not the people in this world. How do they find healing if no one is willing to offer it? Christians are the vessels the Physician uses to heal. We have to be willing to be those vessels... instruments for Him.
And well, that means we're going to run into people (in the real world and cyberworld) who sin (as if we don't.) They're going to cuss. They're going to drink. They're going to have pre-marrital sex and etc, etc. They're going to be everything Christians are expected not to be. When we come across these scenerios we have some choices to make. We can snub our noses in the air & say, "Hmpf! I'm too holy to hear that language. Be gone from me you sinner!" (Sarcasm, yes, but you get the point. If you don't, then you don't need to get it.) Or, we can choose to see them and love them as they are, just the way God does.
Hey, pick your battles. I'd spend a whole day listening to some one cuss me out if it meant I had the opportunity to show them God's love.. because THAT love is what draws them to repentence. That love is what saves them from this world & leads them to their salvation. (Realize here, that we do need to protect our minds & hearts from sin. And I am only using scenerios. Use your wisdom in my words!)
But if we're busy being too holy for them to be in our presence... they'll never see that love. Since when did anyone become holier than God anyway? He wasn't too good to sit with sinners. Why should Christians be?
We aren't here for each other (Christians)... we're here for the people out there who need healing from the GREATEST Physician. We are his instruments. We need to allow him to use us.