You will Regret having Stupid Friends

Daily "Words of Wisdom" from Apply

“He that is walking with wise persons will become wise, but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly” (Proverbs 13:20).

If you spend time with unwise people you will regret it. I know so many faker Christians who are friends with bad associates and call it “being a good example” to them. The problem is that being a good example is not enough. Ministry includes honest, but loving, words of truth.

Many faker Christians justify the fact that their friends are bad associates by saying that Jesus also spent time with sinners. First of all, they are not Jesus. Secondly, Jesus did not spend time with sinners. Jesus spent time with repentant sinners who were seeking the truth and the Kingdom of God.

Saving those who are lost means bringing them out of danger. If you want to save a person from falling off a cliff you have to show them the cliff and pull them away from the cliff. If you don’t point out what the cliff is and how it is dangerous, they will just go back to the cliff and fall off it once you leave. Similarly, if you want to save someone from death and destruction you have to let them know the sins they are committing and how they need to avoid that sin. It is loving to ask if you can help someone change their life for the glory of Yahweh but they will likely never change if you don’t remind them that their behavior is unacceptable in the eyes of Yahweh. This is why it is important to do ministry, not become friends with those whose actions slap God in the face every day.

Having the wrong kind of “friends” can be dangerous. Let’s say for example that you have a friend from work who is a homosexual. You like to spend time together playing sports. You eventually become good friends. One day you ask this man to babysit your little boy and this man molests him. Of course molesting children is evil. But make no mistake about it, the guilty one is the father who let a homosexual be alone with his son. A practicing homosexual is already outside of the will of God. A practicing homosexual has demonstrated that he practices abnormal sexual perversions. The father should never have become friends with a sexual deviant and let the homosexual be home alone with his child.

Today’s scripture warns us that we will regret having unchristian friends. So please choose your friends wisely.