While driving home from work today I was captured by the second half of 1 Corinthians 15:33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” I chewed on it and questioned just what defines bad company.
Most people would understand this to mean to be selective of the people we hang around with. I won’t dispute that. We should be mindful of those we choose to let in our lives. They do affect our behavior, just as we can affect theirs. However, the more I chewed on this Scripture, the more I realized it goes much deeper than just the people we associate with.
This also speaks to those things we do, what we read, what we watch on TV, what we listen to, our hobbies, etc. Do you get the picture I’m painting? We keep company with a host of things every day, and often we don’t give a thought to what it does to our character. Scripture tells us to examine the plank in our own eyes before trying to remove the splinter from another’s. I believe we must look at all we do and what it is doing for our character.
What books or TV shows are we watching in private that we would want others to know about? Are we verbally or physically abusive to our families in secret? Do we lie, cheat and steal when we think other’s aren’t watching? What company are we really keeping and are they complimentary of our character?
Living a life surrounded by bad company not only ruins our character, but it shackles us to what we are trying to justify as good. Jesus came so we could be free!
Take note of the company you keep. It will either help you soar, or keep you bound.