“I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn’t mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You’d have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Wow… I don’t know about you but reading this described life spot on. I love how it gives a clear description of everything we see daily and then tells us what to do. “But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian” and so on. For you your list may be different. Maybe the people you’re around lie, cheat, steal, cuss, etc. God still says that he doesn’t want us to completely have nothing to do with these people. He says decipher for yourself. I’ve always struggled with not knowing how to go about this. I’ve learned to decipher “peers” from “friends,” but its still not easy. I’ve caught myself saying “Well if these are my friends and this is what they’re doing…. What does that say about me?” What I feel God saying here is to take a look at your life and who you’re in company with. If you find yourself having to keep secrets that aren’t even yours maybe thats a sign. A friend should better you. God doesn’t play around here he says “Clean house.” When your life is on the line, you can’t let others drag you down their own wrongful path. I felt like God was talking directly at me when I read this. “You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior.” I believe that is confirmation on what I’ve known all along. It may not be easy, it may hurt, it may be confusing— but this scripture is a guideline, so to speak, on life and friendships. Maybe you need to evaluate yourself. I love how God keeps us in line and holds us accountable. If we’re suppose to be Christlike and love like he loves, should we not do the same for those around us? Hold each other accountable. If you can’t reach someone, because sometimes people don’t want to listen, pray for them. Pray for the Father to open their eyes, ears, and hearts to Him. Don’t give up on people, but don’t fall with them.