Numbers 33:55 “’But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live.’”
Here they were, at the threshold of the Promised Land. And just before they go in the Lord tells them to make sure they do not intermingle with the pagans of the land. Why? Didn’t the Lord think the Israelites could convert the pagans? Didn’t the Lord believe the pagans would adopt the faith of the Israelites? Nope! He knew that the Israelites were weak and very persuadable. He knew they would be easily influenced, and He wanted to protect them.
Moms and Dads, your children are going to have friends who aren’t Christians. How do you handle this? How do you keep your children from being influenced by their friends rather than the other way around? It is impossible to totally isolate your children unless you move to an uninhabited island somewhere (while that may seem peaceful, it is not practical).
Make your home an oasis! Invite their friends to YOUR home. I remember my daughter use to have her basketball team over to our home the afternoons before home games. We didn’t live far from the school and those girls who didn’t have time to go home and get back would crash at our house. Many of them were not believers, but they knew our daughter was. We loved on those girls during those years of basketball. They knew they were welcomed in our home where WE could influence THEM.
Don’t isolate your kids. Insulate them with the Word of God and with an environment that is full of His Spirit. This will draw others to them, rather than the other way around.