Jim says he’s a follower of Christ and seeks to improve his walk every day.
Ann is defiant and rebellious and blasphemes God in her language and in her life.
Rebecca and Tony claim to be in a completely different group. They’re not living for God, but they’re not out to destroy Him either. They party a little and go to church a little. They don’t want to be seen as Christians, but they don’t classify themselves as atheists either.
Folks, Jesus doesn’t mince with words when He says, “He who is not for me is against me.” Jesus’ half brother James puts it this way, “He who is a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God!” I’ve heard the stories for decades of many adults who cop out on God by saying, “I’m not doing anything that bad. I’m just not ready for a commitment yet.” In case after case, it was only a matter of time that each misled heart with a divided spirit was reeling in emotional pain from some kind of disaster that his “friendship with the world” had led him into.
No one wants to be a meth addict, but one little joint doesn’t look all that bad. No one wants to be a hopeless alcoholic, but one little beer looks pretty harmless. No one wants to be a porno addict, but that little Cosmopolitan Magazine doesn’t look that dangerous. (And the road to hell widens with each passing day.)
Jesus (and history) clearly issues the warning, “Either you love me with your whole heart or you don’t love me at all.”