How many of you have real ongoing friendships with non-Christians? What do those relationships look like, are they the kind of friends that would gather around the birthing of a child, a holiday time with family and closest friends; or are they the kind you meet at your normal routine places? Each of those relationship points are important and valuable, but the more intimate ones are marks of maturity in your faith.

I find that the more ‘mature’ a Christian gets the more enclosed inside the Christian culture they are. Its an odd scenario, we grow to be so much unlike the world that even if we try and wad back across the cultural riven we sink about half way because of our bible cover weights. Its not uncommon in ‘church circles’ to find conversations going on about the need and importance of spiritual disciplines, and usually those disciplines end up being identified with reading scripture, praying, mercy ministry, and corporate worship. Every once in a while you see evangelism or mission mixed into the pot.

I believe perhaps the most rudimentary yet effective thing we can nurture in our lives is ongoing friendships with non-Christians where their stereotypes of us can be broke down and our stereotypes of them can be torn down. Its a simple principle: Impacting By Entering. I encourage you to begin to consider how this spiritual discipline might start in your own life, how you might enter new and meaningful relationships with non-Christians. Just don’t forget just like you label them as “non-Christian”, they label you as a “Christian”; neither of these always carry fun or fair conotations…