In today’s society, I see many Christians isolate themselves from those in the world who need them most, on the grounds of the sinful temptations that those bestow upon them. Let me just say that I think it is ridiculous for a ‘Christian’ to terminate, or slowly dissolve a friendship with another individual who may be into maybe partying, sex, drugs, you name it, on those grounds.
Christians find this as an easy out, and quick way to resolve an interpersonal issue. The idea is not often challenged by fellow followers, or religious leaders. I have seen on several accounts, and heard of others, of a circumstance in which a Christian has a friend who is not a believer. The friend participates in things that the Christian believe are of sinful nature. The Christian is tempted by these things that their friends are doing, and feel as if having this person in their life is going to tempt them into doing evil if the relationship is not terminated or if they do not remove themselves from the presence of the sinfully-living individual.
When this situation is brought up in a small group, or other discussion among fellow believers, the response is often very sympathetic towards the Christian experiencing this. Not having these people who tempt you in your life, is an easy fix for one’s own lack of self control. Pray for a shield against the temptations that those who you are trying to be a living witness to may inflict upon you. If you are to alter the relationship that you have with them, you are essentially giving up on the non-believer. You possess the ability to change them if you are in their life. You also possess the ability to not engage in the sinful activities with them, while still being in their lives and making apparent to them what it means to be a follower. I just hate to see a friend leave a friend on the grounds that they are tempting them into doing sinful things. Who are you, Christian, to walk away from this person and deny them the message of Jesus because of your own lack of self control. Do you not remember who Jesus spent the majority of his time with? Hint: It wasn’t other Christians… Yet another of endless examples of hypocrisy…
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14