You probably would be appalled if someone asked if you were committing adultery in your marriage. You might answer in righteous indignation that you are not now, nor would you ever do such a thing!
As believers, we know what God expects from us in our marriage, and we vow to observe those requirements throughout our life. We have the example of Jesus’ relationship with the Church that shows us how to live as husband and wife. But what about our relationship with Jesus? Where do we stand on that? Is it possible that we are committing adultery against Him?
James 2:4 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.” James calls us “adulterers” if we are living as friends with the world. In I John 2:15, the apostle John amplifies the teaching further: “ Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”
Simply put, James and John are both telling us that if we are more wrapped up in the things of the world and what it has to offer than in Jesus, we are committing adultery against Him.
This is a hard teaching, but one that needs to be heard today more than ever. We are meant to live in this world. In John 17 Jesus didn’t ask us to be taken out of the world but to be protected from the evil one and to have the knowledge that we don’t belong to the world. We are espoused to one Husband and that husband is Christ. Whenever we get a little too chummy with the world, we must learn to ask ourselves if we are in danger of committing adultery against the One who laid down His life for His Bride!