Have you ever had an experience where two of your friends have had a disagreement, but they want you to pick a side? Perhaps you struggled because you liked both of them; but in not making a choice, one, if not both friends saw it as you choosing the other’s side?
At times, we may have a friend who doesn’t expect you to choose side and, funnily enough, this will most likely be the friend that is in the right (let’s call them friend A). Friend A does not demand that you side with them and neither do they withdraw from you; however, where you spend more and more time with your “other friend” who views friend A as an enemy, you will inadvertently find your views towards friend A changing also, and sooner or later you will have chosen a side, making yourself an enemy of friend A.
The reality is, this is how it works in our relationship with God. We cannot be friends with the world, without making ourselves an enemy of God.
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:4, NLT)
The scripture above is clear that God doesn’t make us His enemy, but that we actually make ourselves an enemy of God when we choose to befriend the world. Essentially friendship with the world is like choosing to side with that “other friend” that is in the wrong. Their negative views (lies) about Friend A (God) will sooner or later skew our view and we will end up believing and living a lie.