|See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
King James Version (KJV)
I've hung out with some questionable people in my lifetime. I suppose many of us think maybe we'll be a good influence on others who are not living by the highest standards. More often than not those kinds of people will drag us down to their level rather than our taking them to a more respectable level.
Fortunately my friends over all have been decent people. Many of them now are committed in long term marriages with nice families. They are involved in church and hold respectable jobs. The people I once knew who lived immoral lives are now either dead or I've lost track of them.
Still, it's sometimes difficult to really know the true hearts of the people we deal with if we aren't around them all of the time. However it usually doesn't take too long to sense when something is wrong. And now wrong often seems to be the norm. If we are to believe much of television, movies, and the rest of the entertainment world, immorality is cool.
It can be tough to shake the worldly influences that distract us from the true goodness that comes from the love and obedience to God. It's something to keep in mind before it's too late.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
New International Version (NIV)