What fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?... Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
This scripture leads many Christians away from Hollywood--away from the Entertainment Industry--and away from worldly congregations of seemingly unrepentant sinners.
However, Jesus spent time with sinners. He went to where they lived and worked. He loved them, taught them, freed them and healed them. As he prayed to God for His beloved disciples shortly before His crucifixion, He said, 'I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one' (John 17:15).
The mission of being in this world but not of it, of loving men but not their actions, of desiring to save but not condemn, is perfectly exampled by Christ. Yet, do His actions and Words contradict other scriptures? No!
The flaw lies in our understanding, 'for now we see in a mirror dimly' (1 Corinthians 13:12), because God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
Still, we strive to understand. Bible scholars disagree on what it means to 'come out from among them and be separate.' Once I asked my pastor to recommend a book to explain Revelations, and he said, 'Revelations.' In other words, God Himself reveals His scriptures to us when we are ready.
Even Peter, James, and John did not understand all the Words of Jesus, but they followed Him in faith. As a result, their wisdom 'to know the mystery of the kingdom of God' (Mark 4:11) increased. Toward the end of His ministry, 'His disciples said to Him, 'See, now You are speaking plainly' (John 16:29).
To Be Continued....
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Understandable Mistake of Christian Performers series.