Are you a socialist?
When you are more concerned about your relationship with others than obeying God, you are a socialist. When you are more concerned about how others might "feel" about you and what others might "think" of you, i.e. how they might respond to you, i.e. attacking you, breaking off relationship with you, if you confront them regarding their love of the world, regarding God's condemnation of sin, than doing what the Lord wants you to do, i.e. speaking the truth in love, you are a socialist. When you are more concerned about the social life of others than their eternal life, i.e. where they will spend eternity, you are a socialist. When you ask someone about their (or their child's) "social life," you are a socialist.
Although fellowshipping with others is important it can not, it must not come between your relationship (and their relationship) with the Lord. True fellowship can only be found with those who can stand alone with the Lord, "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 2 Corinthians 10:4
After all, on the day judgment, you will stand before God, being personally held accountable for your own thoughts and actions which you did today. Are your thoughts and actions wrapped around the pleasures of the day (including the approval of men)? Or are they wrapped around where others (including your children) will spend eternity?
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4 "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Luke 16:13
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