**What about if they (government) ask me to leave my faith?
Matt 22:2121"Caesar’s," they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”**
This example is very obvious:
In matters pertaining to faith we follow God.
In matters pertaining to the rule of the country we follow its rule.
Christians who are steep in their faith of God should never leave their faith no matter what is the consequence. In fact Christians are not afraid to suffer, or even die for their faith. They expect to be persecuted in this world. **John 15: 18, 20 18"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. …. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also…” **
There were many early Christians who were willing to die (martyred) at the hands of the Romans for the sake of Christ rather than giving up their faith.
What if your friend is a wrong doer, do you also have to defend him? Does the Bible tell you who to take as friends and who not to take as friends?
What if the friend is a wrong doer, do you also have to defend him?
This question misses the thrust of the explanation regarding Christian friendship, but it’s a good question nevertheless.
As mentioned, Christian as a friend is loyal, reliable and will not betray. Sirach 21:22 “Even if you have a violent argument with a friend, and speak sharply, all is not lost. You can still make up with him. But any friend will leave you if you insult him, if you are arrogant, if you reveal his secrets, or if you turn on him unexpectedly”.
What about if he is wrong doer ?
Matt 18:15-17 15"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
A Christian friend doesn’t defend him for him to continue to be wrong doer! He helps him so that he will stop becoming a wrong doer. This is an obligation of a Christian friend. He will not just keep quiet and close his eyes and let his friend become ‘lost’ through wrong doing.
He will do it alone first, if unsuccessful, he will bring more people to help. And if still this doesn’t work, he will expose him to the church so that the church will help. And if this doesn’t work, a Christian friend treats him with compassion like he does to a sinner (tax collector) who misses the grace and goodness of God.
Does the Bible tell you whom to make friend with?
**Luke 10:30-37 - The story of the good Samaritan. ** The secular world has rightly equated this phrase as someone who does good and helpful to the needy and helpless but little it realizes that this can also be the teaching of Jesus on who to take as a friend.
A Christian will take all humans as friends and treat them with love and kindness. Due to practical reason, of course we cannot have that many friends to spend our time with. But at least with whom we can, Christians should behave as friends to them with the mentioned characteristics.
**Whom we shouldn’t take as friends? **
The unrepentance hypocrites, one who calls himself a brother but actually a sinner. The distinction is clear. We don’t avoid sinners, we try to help them. The principle in Matt 18:15-17 still applies.
**1Cor 5:9-11 9I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. **
Hope this helps.
God bless you.
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