Does Holiness Still Matter?
At the end of 2 Corinthians 6 Paul makes a please for holiness. Holiness is something that isn’t talked about as much as it should be in the church. It’s sort of a sticky subject. I think most Christians understand that God is holy and they should be holy also, but it seems so judgmental or exclusive at times. How do we talk about “separation” when everyone wants to get together? Read Paul’s words in this chapter regarding holiness and separation: 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?
I really don’t think this is too complicated. Paul isn’t saying that you can’t be on a softball team with unbelievers if you are a believer. He’s not saying that you can’t have a conversation or even be good friends with someone who isn’t a believer. I think Paul is warning against the possible dangers of deep relationships with unbelievers that are not glorifying to God. It is tough to delineate in broad brushes and categories; but I think the problems are fairly easy to see when you look at individual relationships. Holiness does matter. There is a significant difference between the believer and the unbeliever. The believer needs to be sure that a relationship with an unbeliever does not pull the believer away from holiness in Christ because holiness really does still matter.