Psalm 1:1–2 (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
When I had just started out my walk with Christ, these verses were very troubling. I came from a past where I had very few Christian influences. I was friends with the ungodly, the sinners, and the scornful. Now I was being commanded to turn my back on those I once cared deeply about. It did not make a lot of sense back then. So, where does the truth lie in regards to our earthly friends?
Purpose Driven Friendships
We are given a very clear directive in Mark 16:15… (15) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… Go into the world and preach the gospel to every sinner, every scornful man, and every ungodly person. Once we accept Christ and become a true disciple, we are told that disciple making becomes our top priority. Is there a better place to start than our lost friends? We should be avoiding their counsel, we shouldn’t walk down their paths, nor should we sit with them in their sin, but we should be an example of Christ instead.
Just Passing Through
Sometimes we have to meet people right where they are, sometimes it is impossible to get them to church. This is not our home, as soon as we accept Christ, our home becomes heaven, we are just passing through this world. We must remember this when we are talking with earthly friends. It is good to talk with our unbelieving friends to get them to a spot of knowing Christ, the problem comes when we think of this world as ours, when we stay a little too long.
What Should I Do Day And Night?
We are put in a very tough spot. Romans 12:2 reminds us… (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God… We have to go into the world to deliver our friends from the enemy, but we cannot conform to this world while doing so. We must meditate upon His word day and night. We are promised His strength, we are promised His wisdom, we must meditate upon the word to use both effectively.
Do we have to ignore our ungodly friends to please the Lord? Absolutely not! We do have to be careful not to conform to this world though. We are told to make disciples of the entire world, your BC friends included. Go forth in the power and wisdom of the Lord and show the world the love the Lord has so graciously poured into you.
James 4:4 (NKJV)
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.