The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

11/18/2011

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"What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God" (2 Cor.6:16).

In the Aesop fable, The Ass and his Purchaser, a man who wanted to buy an ass went to market, and coming across a likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should be allowed to take him home to see what he was like. He put the animal in with the other asses and it immediately chose a place with the laziest and greediest animal in the stable. When the man saw this he brought the animal back and was asked the question; "Why, do you mean to say you have tested him already?" The man deemed that no further tests were needed and replied, "I could see what sort of beast he is from the companion he chose for himself." From this fable we get the saying, "A man is known by the company he keeps." The Bible has much to say about human relationships. A few verses before today's verse, the apostle Paul writes; "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers." This in itself is a pretty powerful statement, but Paul is not done. "For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" Christians like everyone, need relationships, which may be a subject for another time. The literal translation of this might be, "Stop being unequally yoked with unbelievers." In our relationships with others we must be aware of the moral dimensions involved. We are accountable to others and to God...It is a two-way street. Being unequally yoked can cause damage to those in the relationship.. God wants us to follow His rules, not those of the world...Without these rules we may invite an uncomfortable, miserable or incompatible lifestyle. More about this next time...

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