A friendship that will cost you …
The Karankawa Indians, who used to inhabit the lower Gulf plains of Texas and Mexico, met their demise in the middle of the Texas Revolution in 1836.
It seems that Captain Philip Dimmit, who owned a ranch north of present-day Corpus Christi, used to give the Karankawas beef whenever they were in the area. At the outbreak of the Revolution, however, Dimmit left his ranch to serve with the Texans. In Dimmit’s absence, the Indians rounded up a few cattle. As they ate the beef, a party of Mexican soldiers rode up and demanded to know what they were doing,
“We’re Captain Dimmit’s friends,” the Karankawas replied.
When the Mexicans heard this they attacked, killing many and causing the rest to flee. The remaining Karankawas later met a party of Texans. Fearing another assault, the Indians began shouting, “Viva Mexico!” Immediately the Texans attacked, and only a few of the hapless Karankawas escaped.
The friendship the Karankawas had with Captain Dimmit cost them dearly, and our friendship with God may also come with a steep cost.
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved,” is what Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 10:22.
John captured these words of Jesus: 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The
world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you
are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world,
so it hates you. 20 Do
you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’
Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if
they had listened to me, they would listen to you,” John 15:18-20.
Even though the world hated Jesus and persecuted Him, for some reason we tend to think we can be friends with Jesus and friends with the world. Just like with the Karankawas, it doesn’t work that way.
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.
So who are you friends with — God, or the world?