There are many variations on this theme, but an interesting thread by Icon, on a different topic, got me thinking about how approachable a believer should be. One of the principles that I developed that caused some problems in some of both the IFB world and the SBC world was how approachable I was. When do you suspend critical evaluation toward a person or event in order to be approachable? When does one not preach "the wages of sin" when in hope of leading a person to understanding the hope of Christ? When does "having no fellowship with this world" become suspended for a time because the one you are seeking to help wants to see the image of "shock" followed by "rejection" at what and how they talk? How approachable is a witness for Christ when that witness condemns? Folks, for clarification, I do not consider expressing that sin has consequences or that the believer should live a life that does not bring rebuke to those who are of and in the world. My question is more about the believer's approach-ability. Christ was approachable, for healing, for learning, for support. Was He more approachable than the typical believer, in your opinion?