You Won’t Be Contaminated

beholdChapter 9 of Come and Behold Him: Fresh Glimpses Into the Life of Christ by Jill Rhodes said:

Jesus had the most open and all-encompassing mind that this world has ever seen. His own inner conviction was so strong, so firm, so unswerving that He could afford to mingle with any group secure in the knowledge that He would not be contaminated…He knew the difference between graciousness and compromise and we would do well to learn from Him. He set for us the most magnificent and glowing example of truth combined with mercy of all time, and in departing said, “Go ye and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).

The above quote said Billy Graham beneath it in that chapter. I am not sure if, or what part, of this is Billy Graham’s words or Jill Rhodes. How the chapter was laid out confused me, but I loved that it said Jesus was secure in the knowledge that He would not be contaminated…“He knew the difference between graciousness and compromise…”

Whether its gay marriage, drugs, alcohol, lying, cheating, rule-bending, or what-not, we need to realize there’s a difference between graciousness and compromise. Those who do, or say these things or other sins are okay are compromising. Those who do not compromise and show love to the person stuck in sin shows graciousness. That person is secure in his faith, and like Jesus, can mingle without contamination. But before you speak truth into a person’s life, may I remind you to make sure the Holy Spirit is in it. Harm can be done if you speak truth into a person’s life who is already a repenting sinner or if you speak truth that a person isn’t ready or prepared to hear. Always pray for people stuck in sin. Always be gracious with people who disagree with you no matter how harsh they are in return. We shouldn’t  be afraid of discussion or argument.

A man pointed out to his friend how people always hang out with like-minded people. It’s as if we are afraid of contamination or maybe we don’t feel we can defend our faith adequately? Perhaps we feel threatened by those we disagree with and wish to be around that affirmation of having people echo what we think is right? Either way, Jesus reached out to sinners and the outcasts of his time. The Great Commission asks us to tell the world about Jesus so all can have life. That is why I work at trying to get people more involved online whether in social media or blogging.

You have a story to share, and by abstaining from social media or laughing at those that do social media, we become ineffective and narrow-focused, even irrelevant. The beauty of social media influence is how a person restricted to their home can become as effective as a sidewalk preacher in Las Vegas, but in this case, you are building relationships with people and learning how to engage a culture that feels so far away. For more information, you can go to my website and see how you can hire me to help you become an influence: www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com.

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4 thoughts on “You Won’t Be Contaminated”

  1. Is it any wonder that Jesus could react to any situation presented to Him in perfect wisdom, He had the mind of God. He presented some pretty hard truth to many he encountered during His short 3 year ministry and His harshest words fell on the deaf ears of the pharisees, sadducees and scribes. They rejected His absolute truth because of their hardened hearts consisting of the impervious, compacted soil of the pathway upon which the seed of the sower fell.

    If the soil of a persons heart is fertile and has been prepared by the work of the Holy Spirit any of Gods truth “seed” will be received and nurtured to grow and produce fruit. We never know for sure where an individual Christian is in their spiritual growth, but we can be sure that the same Spirit resides in us and will direct us in a way that does not overwhelm our brother or sister with conviction and guilt.

    God wants us to grow in Him and sometimes it is necessary as 2nd Timothy 3:16 and 17 instructs,”All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If we are led by the Holy Spirit in these matters we will never fail to be in Gods will when we react to the situations He presents us with. If we speak in the Word that truth will never be compromised. It seems to me the culture of the day is offended no matter what Biblical truth we use to speak out against and reject the spirit of the age.

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      1. That is a good observation. I think if you witness with love, compassion and kindness without coming across as proselytizing, even though it is responded to defensively the seed still may have been planted or at least some soil preparation was done in that heart. That last thought of the initial comment had a slight hint of cynicism in it so forgive me because I’m trying to be more positive. God is preparing hearts for conversion as I type many of which are in extremely dark places.

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