I was talking to a guy at Bible study this morning and he got to talking about how Christians must not separate themselves from the wicked because you know, that’s how we live out the Great Commission and all that.
I didn’t argue with him, because both he and I would pretty much be dealing with hypothetical situations instead of reality. Aside from teaching my theology class, I’m not making a difference in the lives of anyone outside my immediate family, and even that is hit-and-miss.
Here’s a mission field for me where I _definitely_ have a responsibility:
Wife and kids: 3 people (4 in May)
Siblings, in-laws, parents: 11 (13 by July; I’m around 6 on a regular basis)
My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins: 11 (I see about half of them regularly)
Co-workers: 18 (I know 12 of them fairly well and interact with them regularly)
Neighbors: 5 families, say 10 people minimum (I know none of them)
That’s quite a mission field! Some of those folks are Christians, of course. If I exclude them, and also exclude some situations that would be inappropriate (such as avoiding overly close relationships with women co-workers), I still have quite a large number. There are twenty people, easily, within my sphere of influence that need some type of discipling or something. Easily twenty people that need to see my good works and glorify God because of it. Twenty people to receive the light that my life should show (Matthew 5:15)
When I’m actually making a difference in the lives of people God has put me around, then maybe I’ll venture an opinion about who _else_ I should be actively involved with. But I’m not going to argue hypotheticals.