Loved my One Year Bible reading today (see my honey’s comments here). Back in the day, touching a leper automatically made you unclean. But when Jesus, filled with compassion, did it, not only did he not become unclean, but the leper became healed; hence clean! Instead of being contaminated by the untouchable, Jesus touched the man and restored him to what his Creator had intended him to be.
Strikes me that this is what every Christian is meant to be about. Instead of forming holy huddles and living in mortal fear of being contaminated, we are supposed to go out into the world and to restore every part of it to what it’s Creator intended it to be. Instead of locking ourselves up in prayer meetings and staying away from politics (the dirty game) or business or culture or entertainment and the arts, we are supposed to enter into them and, full of compassion and not condemnation for the people influenced by them, reclaim them with excellence for their Creator’s glory. I know, that was one long sentence 🙂
And so the answer is by all means, yes! Because you see, ‘The Church’ was never meant to be an institution, but you and me. For sure, this is risky business indeed. But the risks are well worth taking. This is the only way that ordinary people turn into fearless influencers of society!