Q. Some neighbors' way of living is going to destroy them if they keep on. My wife says we ought to show concern for them, but didn't Jesus say not to cast pearls before swine?
Yes, Jesus did say, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet'' (Matthew 7:6).
But Jesus wasn't telling us to avoid people who are in spiritual need, or to refuse to offer the gospel to them. We are to turn away from them only after they have rejected us and show no willingness to listen to God's word.
However, don't use this as an excuse. They need Christ – and the only way they will hear about his love is through someone like you.
Think of the people Jesus dealt with during his ministry. Some were society's rejects; others were powerful and sophisticated. But all needed the savior, and they all were the objects of his love. Not everyone responded – nor will they with us. But that didn't keep Jesus from trying – nor must it us.