The recently popularized term “frenemy”, is the seamless blending of the words friend and enemy, referring to someone who pretends to be a friend but actually is an enemy -kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the world of friendships.
Sometimes I wonder about people who call themselves Christians, but actually seem to be less identifiable as people of faith than those without it. People in the church oftentimes have very little in common with the examples of believers that we have in scripture.
Jesus called us to follow Him, and He also called us to deny ourselves in that process. Today, in the church, it’s possible to be a friend of God, but still be a friend of the world. How we live, how we dress, what entertains us, how we spend our time and money, -those things can tell us where our true friendship lies, and they are worth examining.
Here are some verses to think about as we assess the conduct of our lives:
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. –James 4:4
“choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. –Hebrews 11:25-26
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. –Matthew 12:30
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and wealth. –Matthew 6:24