Guilt by Association

Those whom you associate with says a great deal about who you are. Have you ever considered this? Who are your friends? Who are your acquaintances? There is a big difference.


I work with several people on a daily basis. A few are friends, most are acquaintances with whom I simply work. I do not spend time with them outside of work. Those with whom I work that are friends, I chose carefully. You see, I am a born again, blood bought believer. To associate closely with someone who is not, would be contrary to God’s calling on my life. This does NOT mean that I shun the others, but that they are acquaintances. These two distinctions, come with two different levels of responsibility. Allow me to explain…

Friends – These people are born again believers just as I. I am responsible for them just as they are for me. We are to hold one another accountable. We are to uplift one another and attempt to assist one another in our daily walk with the Lord. When one sees a brother about to stumble, we are to warm the one who is in trouble and assist in any way we can to help turn the situation around. I certainly hope and pray that my friends are like this.

Acquaintances – People find it to be an interesting thought that we have responsibility to our lost acquaintances but this is simply the truth. Our responsibility and our duty is to share the Gospel with these folks. I will tell you know that I am the worst at doing this. I understand my part of this and what I am suppose to do, but rarely do I take the time or trouble to do what I am suppose to do.

With all this said, I want you to think about a day that is coming. A day when we will stand before the Lord, not in judgement of sins committed, but in judgement for those we did not tell. We are in essence, guilty by association. We are guilty of the blood of those we come in contact with, but do not share. I am guilty. You are guilty.

Something to think soberly about the next time you get a chance to have a private conversation with an acquaintance.

2 Responses to “Guilt by Association”

  • Hmmm thanks for this not good post. But I still do not get the second part though! – pregnancy symptoms

    • Tony:

      Pretty straight forward actually…I have a responsibility to tell my lost acquaintances about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he has done for them. Once they become Christians, I can move them from acquaintance to friend status. Until then, for example, I cannot trust in their advice. They do not approach questions in life in the same way as a Christian does. They do not have a Biblical world view.

      Out of curiosity, why do you find the post…”not good”?

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