“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV).
Another way of saying it: one bad apple spoils the bunch.
In my book Sexy Girls, I wrote that God knows that we become like who we hang out with and we also make others think we already are like those we hang out with. If your believing friend isn’t being faithful, she is bringing you and your God down. This is serious business; it isn’t as easy as just saying, “Oh well, she’ll get better.” She might get better, but it might take you telling her that you can’t hang out with her anymore for her to do it. Don’t let her put a guilt trip on you and tell you, “You just think you’re better than me.” If being around this ‘friend’ leads you to sin, flee (that means run!)
He isn’t pleased with the actions you’ve allowed in your life, so you need to distance yourself from them. You aren’t perfect, but if you know someone is a bad influence on you, you have to quit cold turkey. I know this sounds like such an extreme thing to do, but if your faith isn’t extreme, then what good is it? Part of being faithful involves pain. It hurts when we separate from the world. Separate so that you can pray for strength for you and change for your friend.
Your turn: have you had to do this? Has someone done this to you? How do you differentiate between fleeing evil company and being a ‘friend of sinners’ like Jesus was?