Re: Who among you...
I hope I understand what you are saying, and that this will offer some insight as to my way of thinking.........
Just as in our earthly families, even if they are not a believer, but we most certainly are...they are still our blood relatives. We don't just forsake them and abandon them. What if someone had an unbelieving elderly mother! Surely you don't think we should abandon her and let her starve or be without care because she is not a Christian.
In the same manner, MoreMercy, you are my brother in Christ. We are both in the family bought by the blood of Christ Jesus. But, I would never abandon you or turn my back to you if you were NOT a Christian, not one who does the will of the Father.
Although it is with my brothers and sisters (family) in Christ that I would labor together to meet the needs of those who are not in Christ.
There are some exceptions...for example, if I know someone who is not a believer and yet, they are trying to gather some groceries to give to a family in need of food, I will definitely give of my food freely. I would hand it over to the person who is not a Christian so they could give the food to the people in need.
This is a simple example, I know. But I don't believe we are to pick and choose whether or not (in all cases) to work with someone who does not believe JUST LIKE WE DO. Wouldn't that make us awfully arrogant, and a respecter of certain people, if we only choose to work with those who are believers, just like us?
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)