“I don’t like the crowd you are spending time with.” Sounds like something a parent of a teenager might say. But it wasn’t a statement to my child. No, this sentence was whispered to my heart from my protective heavenly Father as I was going on a second hour of watching a stand-up comedic marathon.
Oh sure, I had brushed off several of the perverse jokes, dismissing them with “now that’s not right.” I had even refused to laugh at the punch lines that mocked God, but those were only twenty percent of their monologues. The other eighty percent were clever and funny. As I sat there in the dark with only the glow of the set, I sensed a strong warning in my heart.
One benefit to having raised my own children is that I can relate to God as a loving parent. I know that just like I kept a pulse on who my kids were spending time with, He was doing the same for me. I knew that He loved all those people on stage, but He also hated the filth that was coming out of their mouths.
I’m sure you notice that when your children spend more time with different friends, they often start talking and acting like them. Hanging out with the wrong crowd will affect where we are in the future. Somehow I had lessened their impact on me by thinking that I didn’t really spend time with these people because their mockery of Godliness was dimmed by the TV or movie screen between us.
Whether it be novels, music, or intense gossip talk shows, whom are we choosing to spend the evening with? Whom have we invited in? Like a chocolate-covered grasshopper, it is coated in humor or romance and while we are being entertained, we are swallowing and digesting ideas that we would never befriend outside of our homes.
The world and its way of thinking are all around us. Even as they are thumbing their noses up at God, we are called to love those in the world, to be a light in a dark place . . . a city set on a hill. But how are we going to be salt if we are desensitized to accepting ungodly ways as part of our entertainment?
As I am pursuing God, I sense that He is highlighting those things that are lukewarm in my heart. As a loving Father, He is guiding me away from certain worldly audience participation. How about you? Does your protective Father approve of the kids you are hanging out with?
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man (woman) who gives way to the wicked. (Proverbs 25:26)
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalms 1:1-2)
Proverbs 2:6-15 tells us that God gives us wisdom and saves us from the way of the wicked—those that rejoice in the perverseness of evil.