In my previous post about Psalm 1:1, "It's a Slippery Slope", I discussed the Psalmist's warning that who we hang out with matters greatly and what we listen to shapes us.
But, should our response to this warning be to completely ignore sinners? Do we run from them? Do we leave them to fend for themselves? How close should we get? It is clear that we are called to minister to the lost. We are called to share the gospel with sinners. Jesus said that it is the sick (meaning the sinner) that needs a doctor (needs salvation). Jesus Himself ministered to sinners, but He did not have close relationship with them. Rather, He had close relationship and spent the vast majority of His time with His disciples – those who meditated on God’s Word and were hungry for more of Him.
So, who should we minister to? Those who are far from God. What kind of close friends should we pick? Let's rephrase Psalm 1:1 1 into something positive rather than something negative to find the answer to this question. “Blessed, (happy in God) are the those who walk in the counsel of the holy, who stand in the way of the righteous, who sit in the seat of worshipers.”