I don’t know about you, but generally speaking, I prefer both-and thinking. I’m not a big fan of an either-or approach to life. It seems too rigid, too restrictive. Why be forced to choose between apple pie or cherry pie?—have some of both!
But in James 4:1-10, the author essentially lays out two options for your life. And these options aren’t both-and—they’re either-or. Either you can be a friend of the world . . . or you can be a friend of God. You can’t choose both, and a choice must be made.