We all have unsaved friends or acquaintances that we hope do not stay that way until the end. No matter what you think about them or if you consider them in high regard, we are not equal to them. Even if our worldly position or financial situation seems on the same footing, they are morally and spiritually bankrupt without Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They don’t think as we do, and their cares are not the same as ours. The conversations are without substance and shallow. Their pursuits are different; we want to please God with our actions, but they want to satisfy themselves, or as I’ve seen in many of them, they want to please their friends or impress their neighbors. The Bible tells us not to become yoked with them. We are not the same; we have died to the world, but they are still living for it. Don’t change who you are to try and impress them; we have the reputation of Jesus to uphold and should set the example of how good it can be to have a relationship with him. The Bible uses strong words to encourage us to pursue friendships with Christ-followers; as brothers and sisters, we are more compatible, and it pleases God to see his children loving one another.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18