Influence: Good or Bad?


From Pastor’s Desk: 4-24-16

Psalm 1:1 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.

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“Hanging with the wrong crowd.” Ever hear that one? Basically, I think that is what is addressed in Psalm 1:1. The old adage “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything” certainly is true. Most of us, whether mature or not, tend to “follow the crowd.”

That’s a sad commentary for a child of God, who professes to adhere to the principles of the word of God. It is very unfortunate that many will be led astray by continually being in the company of those who do not. Listening to “Naysayers” can be detrimental to a positive outlook on life. The wicked, sinners, and mockers will lead to path of destruction, not only spiritually speaking, but physically and mentally as well.

Paul, the apostle, substantiates this thought by writing, “… we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.” (2 Thess. 3:6 NASB), which pertains to someone who is lazy and living a life of idleness. How much more, then, should we suppose that we are to withdraw from those who are wicked, sinners, and mockers (cf. 1 Timothy 6:5).

“I wear my own style of hat” is a song written long ago based upon another old adage, which serves a good subscription for not being in the wrong crowd.

I think it behooves the Christian to not be influenced by, but rather, be the influence in the crowd he/she hangs around with. We must remember that we don’t have to try to an influence or example: we are one. The question is whether we’re a good one or a bad one.

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