WE NEED MORE ON THE LIST AND LESS ON THE ROLL
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
1Co 5:9 In the previous letter, I wrote to you not to network with those who commit sexual sins–
1Co 5:10 not everyone in the world who commits sexual sin, nor those who are greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 So, just now I wrote to you not to network with anyone who names himself a brother if he commits sexual sin or is greedy, or is an idol worshipper, an abusive person, an alcoholic, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a person.
12 Because who am I to be judging the outsiders? Is it not the ones within whom you are to be judging?
13 God is judging those outside. “Remove the evil person from among you.”
Our tendency is to do exactly the opposite of what Paul recommends here. Because we are anxious to get more numbers in our group, we will want to include all the creeps who choose to associate with our church, regardless of their lifestyle or level of commitment. And, we will want to disassociate with anyone socially who has the slightest sinful habit – because they do not go to our church.
We need to reverse that trend. We need more room in our personal networks for the outsiders who need Jesus, and less room on our member lists for the pretenders who are giving him a bad name.
LORD, give us the courage to reverse the trend!