There is much talk today about our environment. I am concerned about the water I drink and the air that I breathe. I want my grandchildren to grow up on a clean planet, with clean lakes and rivers, and I am doing as much as I can to help accomplish that.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
But, I wonder whether I am just as concerned about other pollutants in my environment. What about the "moral climate" in which I live?
Do you know that there are some people that are toxic. Do any of you know what I am talking about? Think of some of the people that you enjoy seeing and hanging out with.
Do they build you up spiritually?
Is your walk with the Lord stronger as a result of being with them?
Or, is it weaker?
I have some friends that I love to hang out with, but God has shown me that I need to distance myself from them. I am not stronger spiritually as a result of having been with them.
I used to tell my children when they were younger, "You become like those you hang around." Did you know that is a scriptural principle? I Corinthians 15:33 says, "Do not be deceived; Bad company corrupts good morals." How many times I have seen this to be true in my own life and in the lives of my children and it happens so quickly and with such subtlety.
There are also toxic places that need to be avoided. There are websites that we need to avoid. There are certain books and magazines that need to be off-limits. There are movies that we need to avoid because they "contaminate" our minds.
Proverbs 4:26 says, "Watch the path of your feet."
I wonder, would we relocate our family to a place that we knew was a toxic waste dump? Would we plan to spend our family vacations there? Of course not, and yet, there are many places that we go, television shows that we watch, and things that we read that are JUST as toxic to our souls!
So the question is, "How can we remain uncontaminated in this world in which we live? I believe that the answer can be found in Psalm 119:9-11:
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Thy word.
With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments.
Thy word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against Thee.
God, make me sensitive to the places I go, the people that I am with and the things that I do. Help me to remember that I will become like those I hang around and help me to surround myself with friends that make me spiritually stronger as a result of having been around them. I pray that Your Word might be hidden in my heart so that I will immediately recognize things in my environment that are not healthy for me or my family. Strengthen me and give me the courage to walk away from these things. Help me to keep my way pure by keeping it according to Your Word. Amen.