Q. Something has been troubling me for some time now. It concerns our obedience to 2 Tim. 3: 1-5. I realize we must obey God’s will for our life, so what if the subjects this passage describes happen to be family members? Are we to have nothing to do with them if they fall into these categories? Those whom I am thinking of have repeatedly defied God, and parents as well, who have admonished them lovingly and gently for so long. We all offer prayers for them, but as our time here on Earth grows short, I must confess, our hopes for them have taken a real beating. What God-breathed wisdom can you share with our family?
A. Unfortunately, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 doesn’t contain any exemptions for family. In Matt 10:34-36 Jesus said because of belief in Him members of our own household could turn against us. But to have nothing to do with them doesn’t mean you stop praying for them. Keep doing that. It’s the most powerful weapon you have.