"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1 Cor 5

7Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our (N)Passover also has been sacrificed.

8Therefore let us celebrate the feast, (O)not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote you in my letter (P)not to associate with immoral people;

10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with (Q)idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.

11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called (R)brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or (S)an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.

12For what have I to do with judging (T)outsiders? (U)Do you not judge those who are within the church?

13But those who are outside, God judges. (V)REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.

I find this section of Scripture difficult...especially when Christ ate with tax collectors and comforted woman who were accused of prostitution and idolatry. Even "drunkard" is listed.

I am reading a book called "Love is an Orientation" which challenges the Christian community to bridge the gap with the GLBT (Gay/Lesbian...) community. I really have to ask the question is it truly OK to continue to "eat with a so-called brother" if they choose to be immoral or covet or party explicitly? How do we reach out to these without allowing the "leaven to affect the whole lump?" My only answer to this is PRAYERFULLY.
May God help me to discern when I need to love and accept a brother/sister in Christ and when I need to draw the line because their actions begin to affect me or the Body of Christ.

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