Updated: May 7
I have a confession to make. I'm old enough to remember the release of Cyndi's Lauper's True Colors song. Okay, I'll come completely clean with it. Although I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, I loved the song then and still enjoy it whenever I hear it today. Have you ever seen the beauty of someone you love when their "true colors" begin to show? Like when you start to see their character unlike you had before? When you need them, they are there. When you need encouragement, they have the right words to say. Conversely, isn't it disappointing when you begin to see character flaws that are not attractive to you? For instance, they only come around when they need money. Or they tend to have negative comments that are energy draining.
We have all had a friend like that at some point. I think a lot of believers still have a friend like that, but hopefully, now they see their true colors. The friend too many Christians have in common today is the world. More and more, God's people are noticing that the world does not care about us at all. Yes, maybe the occasional trip to church is cool. Possibly even a brief acknowledgment of God regarding a recent milestone is okay, but not consistent Bible-believing scripture-practicing Christianity. The world hates it.
God already knew we couldn't mix the two, which is why he told us not to be friends. James 4:4 says "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." (NLT)
I pray that every believer realizes the world system of commerce, politics, education, entertainment, government, and more is not our friend. It will fail us every time if we try to depend on it. But we have one sure hope that will never fail, the Lord God Almighty. He is your friend. He is the One in which you can rely on and trust.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1, KJV)