On Associating with Those Who Are Outside the Circle of Faith (Wed. Sept. 8)

The word of the day is “yoked.”  Despite our intentions, others influence us.  Relationships involve “give and take.”  Thus, if we engage with others who have different beliefs, values, attitudes, and habits than we have, we must be on guard that their outlook will affect us, even unwittingly.  On the other hand, it may be that by our association with them, we might find that we can influence them. Today in our reading of 2 Corinthians 6:11-16, St. Paul admonishes his congregation, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (vs. 11).  Paul’s directive may be  unpopular in our “pluralistic society.”  Yet, he had a point for us to consider as we seek to live faithfully amid the diversity of…