Ask Your Preacher

Ask Your Preacher

“Dinner Reservations”

I have been invited to go out with a female friend who is involved in a gay relationship with another lady; should I avoid these social interactions, or should I go out with them?

Keeping Company

Dear Keeping Company,

Jesus used to eat with those who were living immoral lives, and the Pharisees condemned Him for it, but Jesus simply said, “They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mk 2:16-17)  Jesus spent His life trying to save sinners from hell… and the only way to do that is to spend time with them.
Going to dinner with an unbeliever, whatever their sins, isn’t wrong.  If you are living as a good example to them, and standing firm in your own morals, then you can make a difference.  The only time you should be worried is when you find they are changing you more than you are changing them (1 Cor 15:33).  Otherwise, let your light shine (Matt 5:16).